Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar (dŭn´bär), 1872–1906, American poet and novelist, b. Dayton, Ohio. The son of former slaves, he won recognition with his Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896)—a collection of poems from his Oak and Ivy (1893) and Majors and Minors (1895). His humorous poems employing African-American folk materials and dialect were especially popular with the public, but Dunbar viewed them as a means of getting his other works published and came to despise them. Dunbar's other works include four novels, the best known of which is The Sport of the Gods (1902); four collections of short stories, notably Folks from Dixie (1898), in which he portrayed the lives of Southern blacks; and numerous song lyrics.

See his Complete Poems (1913); biographies by B. Brawley (1936, repr. 1967) and A. Gayle (1971); study by J. Martin, ed. (1974); E. Alexander, ed., Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore (2002).

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Paul Laurence Dunbar: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Paul Laurence Dunbar Dodd, Mead, 1913
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Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.3, 2002
Librarian's tip: "Paul Laurence Dunbar" begins on p. 397
Factoring out Race: The Cultural Context of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Bradley, David African American Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2007
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Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Credit to His Race? By Robinson, Lillian S.; Robinson, Greg African American Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2007
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Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Genres of Dialect By Cohen, Michael African American Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2007
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Black Culture and the Harlem Renaissance By Cary D. Wintz Rice University Press, 1988
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Dunbar begins on p. 48
The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance By James Smethurst University of North Carolina Press, 2011
Librarian's tip: Dunbar is discussed most extensively in the introduction and in "'Why Not Don My Spangled Jacket?': Paul Laurence Dunbar Looks at Bohemia," which begins on p. 127
The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism By Michael A. Elliott University of Minnesota Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Between Race and Culture: Paul Laurence Dunbar and Charles W. Chesnutt"
Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Marshall Circle: Racial Representation from Blackface to Black Naturalism By Daigle, Jonathan African American Review, Vol. 43, No. 4, Winter 2009
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Paul Laurence Dunbar's Overlooked Play By Leuchtenmuller, Thomas African American Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2007
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African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook By Emmanuel S. Nelson Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Paul Laurence Dunbar" begins on p. 132
Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books By Mark Carnes Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian's tip: "Paul Laurence Dunbar" begins on p. 67
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