What we’re reading today: Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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Tue, 2022-07-26 00:06

Author: Jean Andrew Jarrett

A prominent poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872–1906) was one of the first African American writers to achieve international recognition in the wake of liberation.

In this definitive biography, Dunbar’s first full-length life in half a century, Jean Andrew Jarrett presents a revelatory account of a writer whose Gilded Age celebrity as a “poet laureate of his race” has recounted the personal struggles of a man who lived in his life. Had, in the words of his famous poem, felt like a “cage bird” that sings.

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