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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Author Code: APLD

Born: Jun. 27, 1872 - Dayton, Ohio, USA

Died: Feb. 9, 1906 - Dayton, Ohio, USA

From a family of ex-slaves, Dunbar was educated at Dayton Central High School, where he was an exemplary student and a classmate of Orville Wright. Dunbar's interest in literature was nurtured by his mother and he began to write poetry as early as his sixth year. In school, he became president of the literary society and edited the school newspaper. After leaving school, he contributed articles to local newspapers and published his own newsletter, Dayton Tattler. In 1892, he published Oak and Ivy, a book of poems that sold well and helped to establish his reputation. The following year, he recited his poetry at the World's Fair and met Frederick Douglass. He moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1895 and published his second book, Majors and Minors, which, in addition to being financially successful, propelled him onto the national stage. He came to the notice of William Dean Howells, the editor of Harper's Weekly, who praised Dunbar's work and helped him with literary contacts. Dunbar traveled to England in 1897 where he recited his poetry on the literary circuit - his fame grew. He returned to America, married and began working for the Library of Congress. By this time he had already contracted tuberculosis and he left his job after about a year. He separated from his wife in 1902 and began heavy drinking which aggravated his already tenuous health. Although he continued to write, his health deteriorated and he succumbed at the age of 33. His many works include When Malindy Sings (1896), Folks From Dixie (1896), Lyrics on the Hearthside (1899), The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (1900), The Fanatics (1901), Candle Lightin' Time (1901), Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (1901), The Sport of the Gods (1902), Howdy Honey Howdy (1905) and Joggin 'Erlong (1906).

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APLD008 Lyrics of Love and Laughter
  At the Tavern
  Ballade
  Black Samson of Brandywine
  The Boogah Man
  Booker T. Washington
  By Rugged Ways
  To a Captious Critic
  The Colored Band
  The Dance
  Dat Ol' Mare O' Mine
  De Critters' Dance
  De Way T'ings Come
  To a Dead Friend
  Death
  The Debt
  Differences
  Dinah Kneading Dough
  Dirge for a Soldier
  Douglass
  The Dove
  Dreams
  Drizzle
  To the Eastern Shore
  Encouragement
  Fishing
  A Florida Night
  The Fount of Tears
  A Frolic
  A Grievance
  The Haunted Oak
  "Howdy, Honey, Howdy!"
  In May
  In the Morning
  In the Tents of Akbar
  To an Ingrate
  Inspiration
  Itching Heels
  Joggin' Erlong
  Keep a Song up on De Way
  L'Envoi
  Life's Tragedy
  Li'l' Gal
  Lincoln
  A Little Christmas Basket
  Long Ago
  'Long To'ds Night
  The Looking-Glass
  A Love Song
  Love's Castle
  Love's Seasons
  Love-Song
  Lyrics of Love and Sorrow
  The Memory of Martha
  A Misty Day
  The Monk's Walk
  Morning Song of Love
  The Murdered Lover
  My Lady of Castle Grand
  My Sweet Brown Gal
  Night, Dim Night
  Noddin' by De Fire
  Noon
  The Old Front Gate
  On a Clean Book
  On the Dedication of Dorothy Hall
  Philosophy
  A Plantation Melody
  A Plantation Portrait
  A Plea
  The Poet
  The Pool
  Possession
  A Preference
  Reluctance
  Reponse
  To the Road
  A Roadway
  Robert Gould Shaw
  Roses
  Silence
  Slow Through the Dark
  Snowin'
  Soliloquy of a Turkey
  Song
  To the South on its New Slavery
  Speakin' at De Cou't-house
  A Spiritual
  Spring Fever
  A Spring Wooing
  The Tryst
  The Turning of the Babies in the Bed
  Two Little Boots
  The Unsung Heroes
  The Valse
  To a Violet Found on All Saints' Day
  The Visitor
  A Warm Day in Winter
  Weltschmertz
  W'en I Gits Home
  When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers
  When Sam'l Sings
  Whip-poor-will and Katy-did
  The Wraith
1903 116 341k eBook Download PDF - 'Lyrics of Love and Laughter' (APLD008) Find a printed copy of Lyrics of Love and Laughter by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD007 Lyrics of Lowly Life
  Accountability
  After a Visit
  After the Quarrel
  After While
  Alice
  An Ante-Bellum Sermon
  Ballad
  A Banjo Song
  Beyond the Years
  A Border Ballad
  By the Stream
  The Change Has Come
  Changing Time
  The Colored Soldiers
  Columbian Ode
  Comparison
  A Confidence
  Conscience and Remorse
  A Coquette Conquered
  A Corn-Song
  The Corn-stalk Fiddle
  Curtain
  Dawn
  Deacon Jones' Grievance
  Dead
  The Delinquent
  The Deserted Plantation
  The Dilettante: a Modern Type
  Dirge
  Disappointed
  Discovered
  A Drowsy Day
  An Easy-Goin' Feller
  Ere Sleep Comes down to Soothe the Weary Eyes
  Frederick Douglass
  Fulfilment
  Good-Night
  Growin' Gray
  He Had His Dream
  Hymn
  If
  Invitation to Love
  Ione
  Keep A-Pluggin' Away
  The Lawyers' Ways
  The Lesson
  Life
  Lonesome
  Longing
  To Louise
  The Lover and the Moon
  The Master-Player
  The Meadow Lark
  Melancholia
  To the Memory of Mary Young
  Merry Autumn
  The Mystery
  Nature and Art
  A Negro Love Song
  Night of Love
  Nora: a Serenade
  Not They Who Soar
  October
  Ode for Memorial Day
  Ode to Ethiopia
  The Ol' Tunes
  The Old Apple-tree
  One Life
  The Party
  Passion and Love
  The Path
  Phyllis
  The Poet and His Song
  A Prayer
  Premonition
  Preparation
  Promise
  Religion
  Retort
  Retrospection
  Riding to Town
  Right's Security
  The Rising of the Storm
  The Rivals
  The Secret
  The Seedling
  Ships That Pass in the Night
  Signs of the Times
  Song
  Song of Summer
  The Song
  The Sparrow
  Speakin' O' Christmas
  The Spellin'-Bee
  Spring Song
  A Summer's Night
  Sunset
  Two Songs
  Unexpressed
  We Wear the Mask
  When De Co'n Pone's Hot
  When Malindy Sings
  Whittier
  Why Fades a Dream?
  The Wind and the Sea
  The Wooing
1896 134 363k eBook Download PDF - 'Lyrics of Lowly Life' (APLD007) Find a printed copy of Lyrics of Lowly Life by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD003 Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow
  Advice
  After Many Days
  Anchored
  Appreciation
  At Loafing-Holt
  At Night
  At Sunset Time
  The Awakening
  Bein' Back Home
  Blue
  A Boy's Summer Song
  The Change
  The Chase
  Christmas
  A Christmas Folksong
  Circumstances Alter Cases
  Compensation
  Curiosity
  To Dan
  Day
  The Death of the First Born
  Despair
  Diplomacy
  The Discovery
  Dreamin' Town
  Encouraged
  Faith
  The Farm Child's Lullaby
  The Fisher Child's Lullaby
  The Forest Greeting
  Forever
  A Golden Day
  To Her
  Hope
  To J. Q.
  Johnny Speaks
  Kidnaped
  A Lazy Day
  The Lily of the Valley
  Limitations
  Liza May
  A Lost Dream
  A Love Letter
  Love's Draft
  The Masters
  Morning
  A Musical
  Night
  The Old Cabin
  Opportunity
  Parted
  The Place Where the Rainbow Ends
  The Plantation Child's Lullaby
  Puttin' the Baby Away
  The Quilting
  Rain-Songs
  The River of Ruin
  Roses and Pearls
  The Sand-man
  Scamp
  A Song - On a Summer's Day as I Sat by a Stream
  A Song - Thou Art the Soul of a Summer's Day
  A Summer Night
  Suppose
  Till the Wind Gets Right
  Trouble in De Kitchen
  Twell De Night Is Pas'
  Twilight
  The Unlucky Apple
  The Veteran
  Wadin' in De Crick
  What's the Use
  When a Feller's Itchin' to Be Spanked
  Winter's Approach
  Winter-Song
  Yesterday and To-morrow
1901 83 294k eBook Download PDF - 'Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow' (APLD003) Find a printed copy of Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD005 Lyrics of the Hearthside
  Absence
  Alexander Crummell - Dead
  Angelina
  At Candle-lightin' Time
  At Cheshire Cheese
  A Back-log Song
  The Barrier
  Behind the Arras
  The Bohemian
  Breaking the Charm
  A Bridal Measure
  A Cabin Tale
  A Choice
  Chrismus Is A-comin'
  Chrismus on the Plantation
  Christmas in the Heart
  Communion
  Confessional
  The Conquerors
  The Crisis
  A Death Song
  Dely
  Distinction
  The Disturber
  Dream Song - I
  Dream Song - II
  The Dreamer
  Dreams
  To E. H. K.
  The End of the Chapter
  Expectation
  Farewell to Arcady
  Foolin' Wid De Seasons
  For the Man Who Fails
  The Garret
  The Gourd
  Harriet Beecher Stowe
  Her Thought and His
  How Lucy Backslid
  Hunting Song
  Hymn
  A Hymn After Reading "Lead, Kindly Light."
  In an English Garden
  In August
  In Summer
  Jealous
  Jilted
  Just Whistle a Bit
  The King Is Dead
  The Knight
  To a Lady Playing the Harp
  The Lapse
  A Letter
  Little Brown Baby
  Little Lucy Landman
  Love
  Love and Grief
  Love Despoiled
  Lover's Lane
  Love's Apotheosis
  Love's Chastening
  Love's Humility
  Love's Phases
  Lullaby
  Mare Rubrum
  Misapprehension
  Mortality
  My Corn-cob Pipe
  My Little March Girl
  My Sort O' Man
  The Mystic Sea
  The News
  On the Road
  On the Sea Wall
  Over the Hills
  The Paradox
  Parted
  The Phantom Kiss
  The Photograph
  The Poet and the Baby
  Possum
  Possum Trot
  Precedent
  Prometheus
  Protest
  The Real Question
  Remembered
  Resignation
  The Right to Die
  A Sailor's Song
  She Gave Me a Rose
  She Told Her Beads
  Sonnet on an Old Book with Uncut Leaves
  The Stirrup Cup
  The Sum
  Sympathy
  Temptation
  Then and Now
  Theology
  Thou Art My Lute
  Time to Tinker 'Roun'!
  Vagrants
  Vengeance Is Sweet
  The Voice of the Banjo
  Waiting
  The Warrior's Prayer
  When All Is Done
  When the Old Man Smokes
  Whistling Sam
  A Winter's Day
  With the Lark
1899 122 521k eBook Download PDF - 'Lyrics of the Hearthside' (APLD005) Find a printed copy of Lyrics of the Hearthside by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD006 Miscellaneous Poems
  The Capture
  A Career
  Christmas Carol
  Equipment
  Evening
  From the Porch at Runnymede
  How Shall I Woo Thee
  In Summer Time
  James Whitcomb Riley
  Love's Pictures
  A Lyric
  A Madrigal
  To the Miami
  Nutting Song
  The Old Homestead
  An Old Memory
  On the Death of W. C.
  On the River
  To Pfrimmer
  Poor Withered Rose
  A Starry Night
  A Summer Pastoral
  A Thanksgiving Poem
  When Winter Darkening All Around
  Worn out
1893-1906 27 202k eBook Download PDF - 'Miscellaneous Poems' (APLD006) Find a printed copy of Miscellaneous Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD004 Oak and Ivy
  After While
  A Banjo Song
  A Career
  Christmas Carol
  The "Chronic Kicker"
  Columbian Ode
  Common Things
  Confirmation
  On the Death of W. C.
  To Dr. James Newton Matthews, Mason, Ill.
  A Drowsy Day
  An Easter Ode
  Evening
  Goin' Back
  Hymn
  In Summer Time
  James Whitcomb Riley
  John Boyle O'Reilly
  Justice
  Keep a Pluggin' Away
  Life
  The Light
  Love's Pictures
  Lullaby
  The Meadow Lark
  Melancholia
  Memorial Day
  Merry Autumn
  To the Miami
  To Miss Mary Britton
  My Love Irene
  My Sort o' Man
  Night of Love
  Nora: A Serenade
  Nutting Song
  October
  Ode to Ethiopia
  The Ol' Tunes
  The Old Apple Tree
  The Old Homestead
  An Old Memory
  To Pfrimmer
  Poor Withered Rose
  A Question
  On the River
  The Seedling
  Song - A Bee That was Searching for Sweets One Day
  Song - Bird of My Lady's Bow'r
  Song - I Love the Dear Old Ballads Best
  The Sparrow
  A Summer Pastoral
  Sunset
  Sympathy
  A Thanksgiving Poem
  Welcome Address - to the Western Association of Writers
  Whittier
  Worn Out
1892 68 279k eBook Download PDF - 'Oak and Ivy' (APLD004) Find a printed copy of Oak and Ivy by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD002 The Sport of the Gods 1902 75 411k eBook Download PDF - 'The Sport of the Gods' (APLD002) Find a printed copy of The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks
APLD001 The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories
  The Case of "Ca'line"
  A Council of State
  Faith Cure Man, The
  The Finding of Zach
  The Finish of Patsy Barnes
  The Fruitful Sleeping of the Rev. Elisha Edwards
  The Ingrate
  Jim's Probation
  Johnsonham, Junior
  Mammy Peggy's Pride
  A Mess of Pottage
  Mr. Cornelius Johnson, Office-seeker
  An Old-Time Christmas
  One Man's Fortunes
  Silas Jackson
  The Strength of Gideon
  The Trustfulness of Polly
  The Tragedy At Three Forks
  Uncle Simon's Sundays Out
  Viney's Free Papers
1900 113 542k eBook Download PDF - 'The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories' (APLD001) Find a printed copy of The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar at AbeBooks

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