Paul Laurence Dunbar Research Paper

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Did you know Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first black writer to try and make a living off of writing("bio")? Dunbar gives a good example of English dialect in most of his poems, Dunbar's work is read by whites and blacks in the turn-of-the-century America. Dunbar writings are famous for many reason for example the time period he started writing in, how influential his work is to many people around the world during his time and the 21 century("poetry foundation"). On June 27, 1872 The first African American author to gain national recognition was born and his name was Paul Laurence Dunbar. Also Dunbar's parents Joshua and Matilda Murphy Dunbar where freed slaves from Kentucky("Dunbar"). Even though Dunbar died on February 9th 1906 from tuberculosis when he was only at the young age of 33, Paul still accomplished a lot of writing between the age 14-33 ("World biography"). In Fact Dunbar wrote a total of 424 poems some of his poems are including; "Ships That pass in the night", "sympathy", "lowly life", and "we where the mask"("Poetry foundation"). one of Dunbar's famous quote is "All play…show more content…
Paul writes mostly about the "turn of the century America" when slavery was a big thing . ("Poetry foundation") Most of Dunbar's poems are meant to influence people to think differently about African Americans. ("Paul Laurence Dunbar - Paul Laurence Dunbar poem - poem-hunter") Dunbar was influenced to start writing poems by a white man with the name of James whitebait Riley. ("Dunbar") Dunbar himself has influenced many black African Americans one of the most famous black African American he influenced is a man by the name of James newton Matthew with happened to be Dunbar's best friend. ("Poetry foundation") A most famous quote from Dunbar is "And that is life".("library

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