Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection with images of book covers, a complete biography, his poetries, photos, images and text of libretti and more trivia.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, was the first African-American poet and novelist to attain international recognition. Dunbar was known for his use of dialect, but was also an accomplished poet and novelist in standard English. At age seventeen he published his own newspaper, the Dayton Tattler, an African-American newspaper printed by his high school classmate and friend, Orville Wright. His first book of poems, Oak and Ivy, was published in 1893. The book contained Dunbar’s first dialect poem, “A Banjo Song.” Dunbar published numerous books of poetry, novels and music during his career. He died in Dayton on February 6, 1906.