This coming Thursday, June 27, is the date of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birthday in 1872. Dunbar, who died of tuberculosis at the young age of 33, made the most of his short life with a varied and successful writing career, most famously as an African-American poet; he was also a novelist and playwright. During his lifetime, he became one of the first nationally accepted African-American writers; he is still renowned as an important contributor to literature.
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