Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The Fanatics (1901)

The Fanatics

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

Copyright 1901

Like his previous two novels, Dunbar's third novel, The Fanatics, met little if any critical acclaim. The story is set in an Ohio community at the beginning of the Civil War and focuses on the white families and their disputes with neighbors over the sympathetic divide between North and South in that conflict. Considered a failure both commercially and personally, the book received critical commentary primarily concerning the lack of depth in its characterization of the community members.

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