Dunbar was "the most promising young colored man" in 19th-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics established Dunbar as the premier writer of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition.

Selected Poems 2004, Penguin Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780142437827

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Selected Poems 1997, Dover Publications, Mineola, NY

ISBN-13: 9780486299808

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