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Paul Laurence Dunbar

1872 - 1906
Paul Laurence Dunbar was an American poet, novelist and playwright whose reputation was based on his verses and short stories written in black dialect. He is known as the first black writer who tried to live out of his writings in the United States. Dunbar was also one of the first black authors to gain national fame and international reputation.
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We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we ... [+]