Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The Sport of the Gods (1902)

The Sport of the Gods

Illustrated by B. Martin Justice

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

Copyright 1902

Perhaps a reflection of the turmoil Dunbar faced personally as his health continued to decline and his marriage ended, Dunbar's fourth and final novel, The Sport of the Gods, is considered a protest novel. Received far better by critics than any previous novel, the book tells the story of Berry Hamilton, a black butler charged with theft by his white employers. The story follows the family through the hardships they encounter as a result of this experience.

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