Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Paul Laurence Dunbar born 147 years ago - June 27, 1872.  What is your favorite Dunbar poem?  How about essay, short story or novel?  What is Dunbar's influence/significance on African American and American literature?
 
A Starter Dunbar Bibliography:
 
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Major and Minors. Toledo, OH: Hadley & Hadley, Printers and Binders,
1895.
———. Folks From Dixie. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1898.
———. Lyrics of Lowly Life. New York Dodd, Mead and Company, 1898.
———. The Love of Landry. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1900.
———. The Uncalled. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1901.
———. The Fanatics. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1901.
———. Candle-Lightin' Time. New York: Dodd Mead & Company, 1901.
———. The Sport of Gods. New York: Dodd Mead & Company, 1902.
———. In Old Plantation Days. New York: Dodd Mead and Company, 1903.
———. The Heart of Happy Hollow. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1904.
———. Joggin' Erlong. New York: Dodd Mead and Company, 1906.
 
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gene Andrew Jarrett, and Thomas Lewis Morgan, The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005).
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Herbert Woodward Martin, Ronald Primeau, and Henry Louis Gates, In His Own Voice: The Dramatic and Other Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002).
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Herbert Woodward Martin, Ronald Primeau, and Gene Andrew Jarrett, The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009).
Joanne M. Braxton, ed. The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1993)

Dunbar’s poetry is often regarded as the best in dialect. His influence on African American poets in the late 19th and early 20th century is profound. An examination of any scholarship and criticism of the period clearly positions Dunbar as the paragon with all others working in his shadow.