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Paul Laurence Dunbar Paul Laurence Dunbar was born June 27 1872 in Dayton OH His mother Matilda was a former slave and his father Joshua had escaped slavery and served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Calvary Regiment during the Civil war online Joshua and Matilda separated in 1874 Dunbar came from a poor family After his father left his mother supported the family by working as a washerwoman One of the families she worked for was the family of Orville and Wilbur Wright Paul attended Daytons Central High School with the two When Matilda was a slave she heard a lot of poems by the families she worked for She loved poetry and encouraged her children to read poetry as well Dunbar began writing and reciting poetry as early as age six Paul was one of the most popular poets of his time and was the first black American writer to achieve national and international reputation He was not only a poet but also a novelist short story writer writer of articles and dramatic sketches plays and lyrics for musical compositions His first volume of poetry Oak and Ivy was published in 1893 Many of his poems and stories were written in Afro-American dialect of which he was initially most noted for Martin and Hudson 16 His second volume Majors and Minors was published in 1895 Majors and Minor were a collection of poems that was written in standard English major and in dialect minor Young 373 It was this book that fixed him on his literary path This book attracted favorable notice by novelist and critic William Dean Howells who also introduced Dunbars next book Lyrics of Lowly Life which contained some of the finest verses of the first two volumes Dunbar was a popular writer of short fiction He relied upon tone subtle details expressed through speech atmosphere assumed manners and morals and mood rather
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