Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1993) includes each book of poetry published by Dunbar, plus an additional 60 previously uncollected poems.
Born to emancipated slaves in 1872, Dunbar was a prolific author of poetry, short fiction, and novels, as well as a libretto and play. He was one of the most famous Black writers of his time, praised for his range and use of dialect in his writing.
Along with his friends the Wright brothers, Dunbar’s importance is commemorated by the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
He died in 1906.
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