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Several of the poems in Lyrics of the Hearthside had appeared previously in magazines such as The Ladies' Home Journal, The Century Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. The book also contains one of Dunbar's most famous poems, "Sympathy," which later inspired the title to Maya Angelou's autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Many of the covers of Dunbar's published works reflect the tone of the works inside. Here, for example, the cover design incorporates cotton, connecting with Dunbar's descriptions of plantation agriculture and life.

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Dodd, Mead and Company


African Americans--Poetry; Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906


American Literature | Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | Poetry

Lyrics of the Hearthside