Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence Gender: M
born on 27 June 1872 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Dayton, Ohio, 39n46, 84w12
Timezone LMT m84w12 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 06°38' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 09°19 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 01°51'

Paul Laurence Dunbar (circa 1890)


African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish a national reputation. Born to parents who had been slaves, Dunbar started to write as a child and published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper. Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy, In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway; the musical also toured in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dunbar also wrote in conventional English in other poetry and novels. Suffering from tuberculosis, Dunbar died on February 9, 1906 at the age of 33.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Lyrics of sunshine and shadow: the tragic courtship and marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore: a history of love and violence among the African American elite" by Eleanor C. Alexander (NYU Press, 2001), p. 17: "Paul was born seven years after the Civil War, on June 27, 1872, at 311 Howard Street in Dayton, Ohio. His birth occurred during the evening hours, in a back bedroom of a modest home purchased by his maternal great-grandmother, Rebecca Porter."


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer (Lyricist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Playwright)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet