Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Paul Laurence Dunbar by English 102 August 4, 1995 Outline Thesis: The major accomplishments of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life during 1872 to 1938 label him as being an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. I. Introduction II. American poet A. Literary English B. Dialect poet 1. "Oak and Ivy" 2. "Majors and Minors" 3. "Lyrics of Lowly Life" 4. "Lyrics of the Hearthside" 5. "Sympathy" III. Short story writer A. Folks from Dixie (1898) B. The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (1900) C. The Heart of Happy Hollow (1904) IV. Novelist A. The Uncalled (1898) B. The Love of Landry (1900) C. The Fanatics (1901) D. The Sport of the Gods (1902) V. Conclusion Paul Laurence Dunbar attended grade…show more content…
Dunbar responded by explaining: Both are my personal friends and I should feel myself rather niggardly if I should withhold from them first sight of the things that are in their line merely because now that my things are selling I could get better prices elsewhere... I feel a sense of honor and obligation towards these men which is a little beyond price. (Revell 108) This determination of Dunbar to have his works printed in major literary publications showed his sincere desire to have his more serious, non-dialect short stories to be exposed to the public. Dunbar's short stories include the works "Folks from Dixie", "The Strength of Gideon and Other Short Stories", "The Heart of Happy Hollow" and others. The last artistic accomplishment of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life was labeled as a serious novelist. Dunbar wrote four novels between 1897 and 1901. The first two of these works, The Uncalled (1898) and The Love of Landry (1900) are "white" novels in which all the characters are white and no reference is made to the presence of Black people. The other two novels, The Fanatics (1901) and The Sport of the Gods (1902) are considered to be "black" novels. Dunbar's first novel, The Uncalled, was written in England in 1897, and was published to little commercial success. Critic Benjamin Brawley considers the work "only partly a success" and remarks quite unjustly upon "the lack of local color and the mediocre quality
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