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In new collection, Dunbar shines as an essayist as well as a poet [US]:
With so much attention usually focused on the literary luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, Paul Laurence Dunbar never really seems to get his due as one of this nation's premier African-American writers.

That's because Dunbar died in 1906, more than a decade before the artistic and intellectual movement that produced, among others, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay. Still, the specter of Dunbar's considerable talent and achievements inspired the writers of what, in the 1920s, was called the "New Negro Renaissance." [...]
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