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Biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 - February 9, 1906) was a seminal African-American poet in the late 19th and early 20th century. Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 Lyrics of a Lowly Life. Born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery, Dunbar died from tuberculosis at 34.

Dunbar's father was a veteran of the American Civil War, having served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was the only black student at Dayton Central High School, but he participated actively as a student. He wrote his first poem at age 6 and gave his first public recital at age 9. Dunbar's first published work came in a newspaper put out by his high-school friends, Wilbur and Orville Wright, who owned a printing plant. The Wright Brothers later invested in the Dayton Tattler, a newspaper aimed at the black community edited and published by Dunbar.

His first collection of poetry, Oak and Ivy was published in 1892 and attracted the attention of James Whitcomb Riley, the popular "Hoosier Poet". Both Riley and Dunbar wrote poems in both standard English and dialect. His second book, Majors and Minors (1895) brought him national fame and the patronage of William Dean Howells, the novelist and critic and editor of Harper's Weekly. After Howells' praise, his first two books were combined as Lyrics of a Lowly Life and Dunbar started on a career of international literary fame that was cut short by his death.

He kept a lifelong friendship with the Wrights, and was also closely associated with Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. He was honored with a ceremonial sword by President Theodore Roosevelt.

He wrote a dozen books of poetry, four books of short stories, and five novels and a play. His essays and poems were published widely in the leading journals of the day. During his life, considerable emphasis was laid on the fact that Dunbar was of pure black descent, with no white ancestors.


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38 Poems written by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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32489 Sympathy Comments and analysis of Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar 187 Comments
15475 Life's Tragedy Comments and analysis of Life's Tragedy by Paul Laurence Dunbar 3 Comments
9623 A Golden Day Comments and analysis of A Golden Day by Paul Laurence Dunbar 250 Comments
9314 The Lawyers' Ways Comments and analysis of The Lawyers' Ways by Paul Laurence Dunbar 4 Comments
8279 A Choice
8218 Frederick Douglass Comments and analysis of Frederick Douglass by Paul Laurence Dunbar 2 Comments
8157 Ships that Pass in the Night Comments and analysis of Ships that Pass in the Night by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1 Comment
6812 If I Could But Forget Comments and analysis of If I Could But Forget by Paul Laurence Dunbar 26 Comments
6125 Encouragement Comments and analysis of Encouragement by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1 Comment
5348 Theology Comments and analysis of Theology by Paul Laurence Dunbar 2 Comments
5052 Accountability Comments and analysis of Accountability by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1 Comment
4428 Common Things
4360 The Unlucky Apple Comments and analysis of The Unlucky Apple by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1 Comment
3915 Signs of the Times
3848 My Little March Girl
3458 Howdy, Honey, Howdy
3390 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Paul Laurence Dunbar 3 Comments
3345 The Barrier
3175 Merry Autumn
3156 The Old Front Gate
1964 When Malindy Sings Comments and analysis of When Malindy Sings by Paul Laurence Dunbar 93 Comments
1674 Little Brown Baby Comments and analysis of Little Brown Baby by Paul Laurence Dunbar 67 Comments
1551 Encouraged Comments and analysis of Encouraged by Paul Laurence Dunbar 32 Comments
1288 When de Co'n Pone's Hot Comments and analysis of When de Co'n Pone's Hot by Paul Laurence Dunbar 57 Comments
907 Song
890 Confirmation
831 We Wear the Mask Comments and analysis of We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar 280 Comments
753 Distinction Comments and analysis of Distinction by Paul Laurence Dunbar 2 Comments
683 Morning Comments and analysis of Morning by Paul Laurence Dunbar 35 Comments
560 The Haunted Oak Comments and analysis of The Haunted Oak by Paul Laurence Dunbar 76 Comments
413 The Made to Order Smile Comments and analysis of The Made to Order Smile by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1 Comment
277 The Debt Comments and analysis of The Debt by Paul Laurence Dunbar 3 Comments
197 Douglass
111 The Paradox Comments and analysis of The Paradox by Paul Laurence Dunbar 5 Comments
86 A Negro Love Song Comments and analysis of A Negro Love Song by Paul Laurence Dunbar 15 Comments
83 To Dan
78 Summer in the South
58 At the Tavern


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