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Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Resource Guide

African-American Paul Laurence Dunbar was a poet, short story writer, dramatist, and lyricist. This guide provides access to digital materials on Dunbar from the Library of Congress, as well as links to external websites and a selected print bibliography.


Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first important black poets in American literature and the first black American to achieve an international audience for his work. Best known for his poems in dialect, Dunbar became a sought-after writer at the turn of the century, popular with black and white audiences alike. He published his first book of poems, Oak and Ivy, in 1893 at his own expense, and his second, Majors and Minors, two years later.

This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Paul Laurence Dunbar such as documents and books that are available from the Library of Congress. In addition, it provides links to recommended external websites focusing on Dunbar and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.