Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who were enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began to write stories and verse as a child and published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper. He was also president of his high school’s literary society.

Silas Jackson by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Story type: LiteratureISilas Jackson was a young man to whom many opportunities had come. Had he been a less fortunate boy, as his little world looked at it, he might hav ...

A Council Of State by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Story type: LiteraturePART ILuther Hamilton was a great political power. He was neither representative in Congress, senator nor cabinet minister. When asked why he aspire ...

A Mess Of Pottage by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Story type: LiteratureIt was because the Democratic candidate for Governor was such an energetic man that he had been able to stir Little Africa, which was a Republican s ...

Johnsonham, Junior by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Story type: LiteratureNow any one will agree with me that it is entirely absurd for two men to fall out about their names; but then, circumstances alter cases. It had its ...

The Finding Of Zach by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Story type: LiteratureThe rooms of the “Banner” Club–an organization of social intent, but with political streaks–were a blaze of light that Christmas Eve night. On the l ...

The Faith Cure Man by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Story type: LiteratureHope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow.In the close room at the top of the old tene ...