PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (June 27, 1872-February 9, 1906) was an African American poet, novelist and short story writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky before the Civil War. He began writing stories when he was a child and published his first poems at age 16 in a Dayton newspaper.
Dunbar’s popularity increased quickly after his work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading editor associated with Harper’s Weekly. He became one of the first African American writers to establish an international reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African American musical produced on Broadway in New York.
Dunbar was active in civil rights and the uplifting of African Americans. He was a participant in the March 5, 1897, meeting to celebrate the memory of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The attendees founded the American Negro Academy.
Dunbar died in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 33, from tuberculosis.
2 1/2 x 4 1/4 card with “Very Truly Yours, Paul Laurence Dunbar”
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