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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

Author: Eleanor Alexander
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On February 10, 1906, Alice Ruth Moore, estranged wife of renowned early-twentieth-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, boarded a streetcar, settled comfortably into her seat, and opened her newspaper to learn of her husband's death the day before. Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of former slaves, whom Frederick Douglass had dubbed "the most promising young colored man in America," was dead from tuberculosis at the age of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Paul Laurence Dunbar; Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson; Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson; Paul Laurence Dunbar; Paul Laurence Dunbar; Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eleanor Alexander
ISBN: 0814706967 9780814706961
OCLC Number: 46866198
Description: x, 243 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The child is the father of the man --
To escape the reproach of her birth and blood --
The wooing --
One damned night of folly --
Parted.
Responsibility: Eleanor Alexander.
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schema:reviewBody""On February 10, 1906, Alice Ruth Moore, estranged wife of renowned early-twentieth-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, boarded a streetcar, settled comfortably into her seat, and opened her newspaper to learn of her husband's death the day before. Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of former slaves, whom Frederick Douglass had dubbed "the most promising young colored man in America," was dead from tuberculosis at the age of 33." "Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow traces the tempestuous romance of America's most noted African American literary couple. Drawing on a variety of love letters, diaries, journals, and autobiographies, Eleanor Alexander vividly recounts Dunbar and Moore's tumultuous affair, from a courtship conducted almost entirely through letters and an elopement brought on by Dunbar's brutal, drunken rape of Moore, through their passionate marriage and its eventual violent dissolution in 1902. Moore, once having left Dunbar, rejected his every entreaty to return to him, responding to his many letters only once, with a blunt, one-word telegram ("No")." "This is a remarkable story of tragic romance among African American elites struggling to define themselves and their relationships within the context of post-slavery America. As such, it provides a timely examination of the ways in which cultural ideology and politics shape and complicate conceptions of romantic love."--Jacket."
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