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Lyrics of Lowly Life contains primarily works from Dunbar's two previous books, Oak and Ivy and Majors and Minors. The book was supported financially by Henry A. Tobey and Charles A. Thatcher, two gentlemen from Toledo, Ohio, who had also assisted with the funding of Majors and Minors. The book also contained an important introduction, written by William Dean Howells. The success of this book prompted Dunbar to travel on a six-month reading tour of England.

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Dodd, Mead and Company


Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Poetry

Lyrics of Lowly Life