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African-American author Paul Laurence Dunbar is best known for his verse and short stories, many of which are written in black dialect.
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Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who wrote verse and short stories, many of which were written in black dialect despite the fact that he felt the marketability of dialect poetry was demeaning. He was one of the first black writers to attempt to make an living from his writing, and certainly one of the first to gain national prominence.
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