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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.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1872 (Dayton), Died February 9, 1906 (Dayton)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author

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Recordings (Results 26-44 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 947 10-in. ca. 1902 My little Gypsy maid J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1028 7-in. ca. 1902 On Emancipation Day Len Spencer Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1028 10-in. approximately 1902 On Emancipation Day Len Spencer Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 39119 10-in. 11/26/1913 The birth of morn Maggie Teyte Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46151 10-in. 10/23/1915 When Malindy sings J. A. Myers Recitation author  
Columbia 46839 10-in. 6/14/1916 Who knows? Alfred De Manby Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 78902 10-in. 12/20/1919 When Malindy sings J. A. Myers Monologue author  
Columbia 81065 10-in. 6/4/1923 Lazy song Florence Macbeth Soprano vocal solo, with banjo and orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 81133 10-in. 7/13/1923 Who knows? Carmela Ponselle Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 30379 12-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1910 When Malindy sings Kitty Cheatham Recitation author  
Columbia W144707 10-in. 9/23/1927 Who knows? Elks Quartet of Spokane Lodge 228 Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Brunswick 847 10-in. approximately mid-1917 Who knows? Harry McClaskey Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Brunswick 3893 10-in. approximately July 1920 Who knows? Mario Chamlee Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 12153-12156 10-in. 12/20/1923 Li’l gal Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 12270-12271 10-in. 1/11/1924 Li'l gal Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4897 10-in. 7/21/1916 Mighty lak' a rose Anna Case Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 7874 10-in. 3/30/1921 Who knows Torcom Bézazian Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 8474 10-in. 5/31/1922 Who knows? Lewis James Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Gramophone 0EA7694 10-in. 5/9/1939 Down de Lovers' Lane Lawrence Brown ; Paul Robeson Bass vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
(Results 26-44 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dunbar, Paul Laurence," accessed June 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.

Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275.

"Dunbar, Paul Laurence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102275

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