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Poems of the American Spirit
David Stanford Burr (Editor)
0760733120
October 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Since the earliest days of America's history, poets have sought to express what it means to belong to a nation dedicated to liberty and democracy. From the lyricism of Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" and the muscular rhythms of Carl Sandburg's "Chicago" to the memorable stanzas of "Casey at the Bat" and the rousing celebration of Wood Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," Poems of the American Spirit presents the rich variety of the American experience and includes some of the greatest poetic works of Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfelow, Herman Melville, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and many others....


Voices of Black America
Booker T. Washington
962634248X
Feb 2002
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-Unique in what it offers, Voices of Black America allows listeners to hear the actual voices of such luminaries as Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes, and Paul Robeson. They are joined by lesser-known personalities such as Bert Williams and Charley Case who are among the public figures from the first half of the 20th century. In all, there are nine men from various walks of life presented. Unfortunately, no women are included, and, with the exception of Hughes giving the name of his poems, no one is introduced. Sound quality is variable because some segments include the sounds of earlier recording devices. The producers have not taken advantage of the rich music of the time to clarify breaks between performers. The lengthy liner notes include a picture and biographical information on each...


Paul Laurence Dunbar-Poet
Tony Gentry
0870677845
December 1993
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-- The life of a man once dubbed "the poet laureate of the Negro People." The son of two former slaves, Dunbar wrote lyrical poems both in standard English and in black dialect which gave voice to black experiences. Gentry weaves together the details of Dunbar's personal life with his literary accomplishments, often providing excerpts of his work to demonstrate Dunbar's thinking. In a clear style, Gentry emphasizes that Dunbar struggled not only for literary success but also for social equality. This chronicle is informative, and the succinct presentation provides a well-drawn picture of Dunbar's life as well as an outline of his work. The liberally supplied black-and-white photographs and illustrations add to the text and give readers a sense of the era. This would be useful for reports for a...


Selected Poems
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0142437824
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
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."

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Black Poets of the United States
Jean Wagner
0252003411
Dec 1973
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0813914388
July 1993
Paperback
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The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0396078958
Mar 1993
Paperback
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Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore
Eleanor Alexander
0814706967
August 2001
Textbook Hardcover
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From Library Journal
The literary darlings of African American society in their day, authors Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) and Alice Ruth Moore (1875-1935) were frequently compared to the Brownings. They were hailed as the "ideal pair," the model to which African American couples might aspire. In reality, however, their relationship was far from ideal: Dunbar, a heavy drinker and womanizer, raped Moore during their engagement and beat her during their marriage. This behavior finally led to their divorce in 1902. Alexander (history, Georgia Inst. of Technology) offers an engaging study of the couple's courtship and marriage in light of the social customs of the period, both within and outside the African American community. She demonstrates the deleterious effects of race, class, and gender on the concept of romantic love at the turn...


Strength of Gideon and Other Stories
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0405018606
June 1969
Hardcover
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The Sport of the Gods
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0451527550
Dec 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
A watershed book in the history of African-American letters.

Hailed by Booker T. Washington as "the Poet Laureate of the Negro Race," Dunbar offers an ironic look at urban black life, through the story of a Southern family displaced to turn-of-the-last-century Harlem.


The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry
Arnold Rampersad (Editor)
0195125630
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If daring and argument forge identity, Stanford professor Rampersad (Life of Langston Hughes) has succeeded in "allowing black poets to create with their own words a portrait of the African-American people." Neither consonant nor cautious, the diversity of the anthology's subject matter is trumped only by its poetic range: Amiri Baraka's and Sonia Sanchez's experimentation vibrate against the classic lyrics of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, mixing visions and trading trials. The anthology, arranged by theme rather than author or time period, simultaneously grounds and sets the reader adrift in a terrain stretching from the American South to Africa, from the contemporary back to slavery. And yet, as Eugene B. Redmond counsels in "Highflown: Love," these poems speak of "A power that cannot be seen / Heard /...


Selected Poems
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0486299805
Dec 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
This comprehensive collection features the finest works of one of the most admired and widely read African-American poets. Both dialect and standard-English poems appear here, including "Ode to Ethiopia," "Worn Out," "Not They Who Soar," "When Malindy Sings," "We Wear the Mask, "Dinah Kneading Dough," "The Haunted Oak," "Black Samson of Brandywine," and many more.


The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Gene Andrew Jarrett (Editor)
0821416448
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* One hundred years after the death of Dunbar, he is most remembered for his poem "We Wear the Mask," evoking the balance required of blacks to survive and prosper in nineteenth-century America. This collection of 103 of Dunbar's short stories written between 1890 and 1905, including well-known pieces and many that have gone out of print, allows readers to see how the first African American writer to enjoy huge success evolved as a writer. The son of former slaves, Dunbar balanced the desire for a commercially successful career as a writer and the desire to tackle racial stereotypes. The first story he sold was a western tale with all white characters, part of his attempts to write outside of race issues. This collection also includes powerful stories of lynching, politics, religion, and social and...


Sport of the Gods
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0613224256
Dec 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
A watershed book in the history of African-American letters.

Hailed by Booker T. Washington as "the Poet Laureate of the Negro Race," Dunbar offers an ironic look at urban black life, through the story of a Southern family displaced to turn-of-the-last-century Harlem. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


In His Own Voice: The Dramatic and Other Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0821414216
April 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Because of his use of black southern dialect and the embarrassment it has engendered among black intellectuals since the Harlem Renaissance, Dunbar--the most famous black poet of his time--has never enjoyed the modern popularity of other black poets. This collection, which includes many works never before published, shows the breadth and depth of his talent and his subtle genius for using dialect and other cultural signifiers to show the hypocrisy of white society and, despite the restrictions imposed by racism, the creativity of African Americans. Dunbar produced a prodigious body of work, including plays, essays, poems, short stories, and songs. He attempted to avoid the minstrel style favored by whites while retaining the authenticity of black southern life. The collection of 76 works is divided into sections on...


Paul Laurence Dunbar
Catherine Reef
0766013502
May 2000
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-An accessible introductory biogra- phy of the African American writer. Although Dunbar's life was cut short by tuberculosis, he produced numerous volumes of poetry, novels, short stories, and plays. His rise to fame was based on the popularity of the poems that he wrote in dialect about the lives and struggles of black people. His commitment and dedication to fighting intolerance and injustice as well as his reflections on the human condition are also portrayed in his writings. Reef points out the difficulties Dunbar faced in his own life and times and shows his influence on Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, and Nikki Giovanni, as well as on American culture as a whole. Excerpts from select poems and numerous quotes by and about the subject, cited in the lengthy source notes, enliven...


The Heart of Happy Hollow
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0767919815
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A historic collection of perceptive tales from a luminary of nineteenth-century literature


First published in 1904, The Heart of Happy Hollow features sixteen short stories that provide rare glimpses into the lives of African Americans after the Civil War. Through characters ranging from schemers to preachers, Paul Laurence Dunbar crafted a rare snapshot of long-lost communities and their poignant sensibilities. An author who achieved remarkable versatility, he draws on language that is by turns folksy and formal, putting forth controversial vernacular dialects as easily as he delivers a hauntingly poetic scene.

In this collection, readers meet an influential entrepreneur who must navigate a treacherous political landscape; a Southern spiritual leader who must learn to accept the mores...


In His Own Voice: The Dramatic and Other Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
0821414224
February 2002
Paperback
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From Booklist
Because of his use of black southern dialect and the embarrassment it has engendered among black intellectuals since the Harlem Renaissance, Dunbar--the most famous black poet of his time--has never enjoyed the modern popularity of other black poets. This collection, which includes many works never before published, shows the breadth and depth of his talent and his subtle genius for using dialect and other cultural signifiers to show the hypocrisy of white society and, despite the restrictions imposed by racism, the creativity of African Americans. Dunbar produced a prodigious body of work, including plays, essays, poems, short stories, and songs. He attempted to avoid the minstrel style favored by whites while retaining the authenticity of black southern life. The collection of 76 works is divided into sections on...

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