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Lyrics of Love and Laughter was crafted following another severe round of pneumonia. With this work, however, Dunbar secured his reputation as the premier African-American poet in the United States at the time. Like earlier volumes, this book contained poems in both dialect and standard English, reflecting its mix of both sentimental and realistic depictions of African-American life. The book included eleven poems not previously collected within a book.

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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 Love and Laughter