: First edition printing of the poetry volume "Majors and Minors" by Ohio poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895. Dunbar's middle name is spelled "Lawrence" on the cover and several interior pages. Dunbar (1872-1906) is acknowledged as the first significant African American poet in the United States. He was born Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been slaves. After high school, the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur) assisted Dunbar in publishing the "Dayton Tattler," an African American newspaper. His first book of poetry, "Oak and Ivy," was published in 1893. It was followed by "Lyrics of a Lowly Life," and "Majors and Minors," ten other books of poetry, four books of short stories, five novels and a play. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906; Literary Ohio; African American poets; American poetry--Ohio Places
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