Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The Strength of Gideon, and Other Stories (1900)

The Strength of Gideon, and Other Stories

Illustrated by Edward Windsor Kemble

First published by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, NY

Copyright 1900

Dunbar's second collection of short stories echoed his works of poetry in that it was a combination of works full of sentimental humor and works which told of the harsher sides of the African-American experience, both before and after emancipation. Critics tended to promote the sentimental stories at the expense of his harsher accounts of that experience. Later critics, however, suggest these stories demonstrate Dunbar's criticism of racial inequality in American society.

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