Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Complete Poems
Paul Laurence Dunbar


The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar is a comprehensive selection of the iconic writer’s beloved poetry that features his unique rhythm and famous dialect. His work is a beautiful and critical examination of the human spirit. Dunbar produced an impressive volume of work during his short lifetime. Prior to his passing, at age 33, he published multiple collections of poetry including Majors and Minors in 1895 and Lyrics of Lowly Life in 1896. Dunbar uses his poetry to address multiple themes such as love, loss, family, marriage and work. His signature prose and melodic turn of phrase permeates the heart and mind, leaving an indelible mark.

Paperback, 598pp
Mint Editions, 2021
ISBN 9781513271118


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (1872-1906) was an American novelist, poet and playwright who had a brief but impactful career. He enjoyed writing at a young age and published his first collection of poems as a teenager. While working as an elevator operator, Dunbar released and personally distributed his works to earn extra money. By 1895, he’d caught the eye of national publications like The New York Times, which considered him a formidable talent. He was known for using a distinct dialect informed by his family’s Southern roots. Despite his professional prospects, Dunbar’s life was cut short at age 33 due to tuberculosis.