Paul Laurence Dunbar - Selected Poems  -     By: Paul Dunbar
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Penguin Books / 2004 / Paperback

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Paul Laurence Dunbar was "the most promising young colored man" in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently became one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, established Dunbar as the premier write of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition. More than a vernacular lyricist, Dunbar was also a master of classical poetic forms, and helped demonstrate to post-Civil War America that literary genius did not solely reside in artists of European descent. William Dean Howells called Dunbar's acclaimed dialect poems "evidence of the essential unity of the human race, which does not think or feel black in oen and white in another, but humanly in all."

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0142437824
ISBN-13: 9780142437827

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Dialect poems by one of the nineteenth century's most talented African American lyricists

Paul Laurence Dunbar was "the most promising young colored man" in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, established Dunbar as the premier writer of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition. More than a vernacular lyricist, Dunbar was also a master of classical poetic forms, who helped demonstrate to post–Civil War America that literary genius did not reside solely in artists of European descent. William Dean Howells called Dunbar’s dialect poems "evidence of the essential unity of the human race, which does not think or feel black in one and white in another, but humanly in all."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. The son of freed slaves from Kentucky, he was uanble to afford college and became an elevator operator. He later moved to Chicago, where he befriended Frederick Douglass and published poetry in prominent national publications and writing lyrics for a number of musical reviews.

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