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Candle Lightin Time Negro Poetry Paul Laurence Dunbar Antique Black Folk Art L For Sale
Paul Laurence Dunbar
This sale is for an original 1904 edition of "CANDLE LIGHTIN' TIME" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, illustrated with photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club, and decorations by Margaret Armstrong, published by Dodd Mead & Co. of New York.
A GIFTED POET BEYOND WORDS......
Paul poet, fiction writer, essayist, songwriter, linguistic innovator, and prophet. Paul Laurence Dunbar published in such mainstream journals as Century, Lipincott's Monthly, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Saturday Evening Post. A gifted poet and a precursor to the Harlem Renaissance, Dunbar was read by both blacks and whites in turn-of-the-century America.
Paul Laurence Dunbar is widely acknowledged as the first important black poet in American literature. He enjoyed his greatest popularity in the early twentieth century following the publication of dialectic verse in collections such as Majors and Minors and Lyrics of Lowly Life. But the dialectic poems constitute only a small portion of Dunbar's canon, which is replete with novels, short stories, essays, and many poems in standard English. In its entirety, Dunbar's literary body has been acclaimed as an impressive representation of black life in turn-of-the-century America.
His work often addressed the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America. He was praised both by the prominent literary critics of his time and his literary contemporaries. He did not only compose of hardships and heart ache. He was brilliant with his use of romanticism and humor as well. A very talented and diversified artist who was gone too soon at the age of 33, suffering from complications of tuberculosis.
These fine works display an important piece of turn-of-the-century popular culture, highlighting the dialect of early 20th Century African-Americans, opening the way to the language that would eventually make its way into the jazz and urban culture in later decades.
INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME ARE THE FOLLOWING WRITINGS:
DINAH KNEADING DOUGH
DAT OL" MARE O" MINE
A SPRING WOOING
THE OLD FRONT GATE
WHEN DEY LISTED COLORED SOLDIERS
SONG OF SUMMER
AT CANDLE-LIGHTIN' TIME
Several of Dunbar's love poems also make him a forerunner of the Negro Renaissance, for in scattered places they already sing the praises in black beauty and for itself. Take for example "DINAH KNEADING DOUGH." Dunbar lauds the charms of a pretty girl, as she works. She has jet black eyes, hair that at all the same time is too frizzed for some peoples tastes, and beautiful arms, whose ebony tones stand out in contrast against the white dough she is kneading.
Concerning the poem, "DAT OL' MARE O' MINE", in 1899 when the poet was compelled to leave Washington where his duties as librarian had been too hard for him he and his wife and mother went to Denver. Here they lived in a cottage near the city and Mr. Dunbar took long rides for his health. For this purpose he purchased a gray mare and soon learned to love the animal devotedly. Desiring to pay a tribute to his faithful dumb friend he wrote the poem. He wrote to a friend about this time that he sold this poem for a sum equal to half the price he had paid for the mare .
In "FISHIN’"…that one word speaks for itself and how much delight and joy it brings to a man.
"WHEN DEY LISTED COLORED SOLDIERS" is a touching poem. Told from the perspective of an enslaved woman, she speaks about her husband Elias, whom she lovingly calls, 'Lias. She speaks about the time that, "dey listed colored soldiers, and her 'Lias went to war." Written in the old "negro dialect" it reflects the southern cadence in which many slaves spoke, and it captures the sounds and the times as they were.
"Lullaby" is a precious recitation perhaps something Mr. Dunbar reflected on fromthe Plantation days, as well as his appreciation for summertime, a pensive poem called "SONG OF SUMMER."
"AT CANDLE-LIGHTIN' TIME" is a touching poem about the labors of the hard day and coming home to your family at the end of the day. Enjoying a good meal, relaxing with the family,interacting with the children and telling stories, until it's bed time.
Accompanying these poignant verses are photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club and decorations by Margaret Armstrong. Armstrong was among a number of important woman cover designers, beginning her work in the late 1880s. She began her career at A.C. McClurg and then went on to other publishers, primarily Scribner’s, for whom she designed half of her total output of about 270 books. She also specialized in designing many of the works of a few authors including Myrtle Reed, Henry Van Dyke, Paul Bourget, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
The Hampton Institute Camera Club provided the photographs of photographs of African Americans in American visual culture the photographs in Dunbar's works were created explicitly to reconceive pictorial representations of African Americans, and to subtly discredit any reductive conventional perception of racial character altogether. By depicting their subjects photographically, the members of the Hampton Camera Club sought to undermine essentialist characterizations--both derogatory and sentimental--by presenting their subjects as self-determining and multifaceted individuals. In their use of serial photography and by employing African-American creative forms, the book ultimately suggest vernacular origins of a disjunctive, Modernist aesthetic, casting both Dunbar and Hampton as proponents of modernity rather than as icons of retrogressive racial politics.
Published in 1904, this book is in GOOD CONDITION for its age; especially to be 109 YEARS OLD! The hinges are nicely intact. There is cosmetic wear to the front hinge as the cloth seem covering it is partially split, exposing an inch and a half of gauze on the upper joint. All pages are tightly bound and present! Overall, the interior is very clean. The photographs are precious! The charming decorations by Ms. Armstrong add to the warmth of the book. The original exterior cover has mild wear yet remains quite attractive. This collectible piece of Black Americana artis being offered with . As with all of Mr. Dunbar's works, thisbookwill engage your heart and leave youwith a smile. GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!
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