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Paul Laurence Dunbar: Resources and Links

AfricanaOnline provides a brief biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Dunbar House State Historic Site has an article titled "Profile of Paul Laurence Dunbar" by Ms. LaVerne Sci.

Duke University's Digital Scriptorium features the Paul Laurence Dunbar poems that are included in William Grant Still's Afro American Symphony.

Modern American Poetry, An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry features "Dunbar's Life and Career" by Joanne M. Braxton, and examples of his illustrated poems. You also will find on this site "Sterling Brown on Dunbar (1937)" from Negro Poetry and Drama 1937 Associates in Negro Folk Education.

The Ohio Historical Society has renovated and restored the house Dunbar lived in with his mother before he died. The site also hosts frequent programs on Dunbar, his legacy, and African-American history.

Dunbar House State Historic Site, 219 North Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, Dayton, Ohio. The Dunbar House mailing address is: P. O. Box 1872, Dayton, OH 45401 or you can reach them at (937) 224-7061 or (937) 224-5625.

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature has an ongoing research project in which you can find a biography of Dunbar, list of selected works, selected bibliography, and links to additional resources.

"Paul Laurence Dunbar." Notable Black American Men. Gale Research, 1998. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI.: The Gale Group. 2003. Document Number: K1622000131.

The University of Dayton's Paul Laurence Dunbar web site has an extensive biography on Dunbar, as well as features about his work. The site also presents selected Dunbar works as read by Herbert Woodward Martin, University of Dayton professor emeritus and an acclaimed scholar and interpreter of Dunbar's works. RealPlayer is needed to listen to the poems. Teachers can also find suggestions for teaching the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar on this site.

Wright State University has the Dunbar Digital Text Collection which was established to honor Dayton poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar and to encourage the use of and interest in his poetry.

Selected Books about Paul Laurence Dunbar

Addison Gayle, Jr., Oak and Ivy: A Biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor/Doubleday, 1971.

Black Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale Research, 1989.

Dunbar, Mrs. Paul Laurence (Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson) and others, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Poet Laureate of the Negro Race. Philadelphia: Reverdy C. Ransom, 1914.

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Folks from Dixie. 1898. Reprint, Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries, 1969.

Revell, Peter. Paul Laurence Dunbar. Boston, MA: Twayne Publishers, 1979.

Wiggins, Lida Keck. The Life and Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Nashville: Winston-Derek, 1992.

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