Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began writing stories and verse when he was a child. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper, and served as president of his high school's literary society.
Dunbar's popularity increased rapidly after his work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading editor associated with Harper's Weekly. Dunbar became one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation. In addition to his poems, short stories, and novels, he also wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway in New York. The musical later toured in the United States and the United Kingdom. Suffering from tuberculosis, which then had no cure, Dunbar died in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 33.
Much of Dunbar's more popular work in his lifetime was written in the "Negro dialect" associated with the antebellum South, though he also used the Midwestern regional dialect of James Whitcomb Riley. Dunbar also wrote in conventional English in other poetry and novels and is considered the first important African American sonnet writer. Since the late 20th century, scholars have become more interested in these other works.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||4296||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Who dat say chicken in dis crowd?||Imperial Quartet||Male vocal quartet||lyricist|
|Berliner||0311||7-in.||7/7/1899||Who dat said chicken||Len Spencer||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1710||10-in.||10/25/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman ; Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with banjo||lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1710||7-in.||10/25/1902||On Emancipation Day||Vess L. Ossman ; Len Spencer||Male vocal solo, with banjo||lyricist|
|Victor||C-8456||12-in.||12/9/1909||When Malindy sings||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-8457||10-in.||12/9/1909||Banjo song||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-9928||10-in.||2/7/1911||The old tunes||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-9929||10-in.||2/7/1911||In the morning||J. A. Myers||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-10844||10-in.||7/31/1911||Down de Lovers' Lane||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12046||10-in.||5/24/1912||The birth of morn||Lucy Isabelle Marsh||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-12560||10-in.||11/4/1912||The birth of morn||Frances Alda ; Victor Orchestra||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-12860||12-in.||1/30/1913||New Orleans Minstrels, no. 27||Victor Minstrel Company||Minstrels, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-13771||12-in.||9/12/1913||When Malindy sings||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-14219||10-in.||12/18/1913||Po' lil' lamb||Gertrude Penfield Seiberling||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||C-14468||12-in.||2/17/1914||Spring song||Cora Mel Patten||Recitation||author|
|Victor||B-14665||10-in.||4/6/1914||Who knows?||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14724||10-in.||4/17/1914||Candle-lightin' time||Christine Miller||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||C-14990||12-in.||6/23/1914||A voice for Santa Claus||Cora Mel Patten||Recitation||author|
|Victor||C-15229||12-in.||9/30/1914||Miracle||Paul R. Reese||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-32798||10-in.||7/27/1925||Li'l gal||Paul Robeson||Bass vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-33123||12-in.||8/3/1925||Thank God for a garden||Charles Hunsberger||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||CS-83673||12-in.||8/2/1934||The birth of morn||Bessie Whiteside||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1913-04-12-02]||Not documented||4/12/1913||Who knows||Mrs. Addison||Recitation||author|
|Victor||[Trial 1913-12-17-01]||Not documented||12/17/1913||Po' lil' lamb||Gertrude Penfield Seiberling||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||947||10-in.||ca. 1902||My little Gypsy maid||J. W. Myers||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunbar, Paul Laurence," accessed October 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.
"Dunbar, Paul Laurence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 October 2023.
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