Lyrics of Lowly Life, Paul Laurence Dunbar's third book of poetry, was published in New York City by Dodd, Mead and Company, a well-known firm with a national audience. It has been suggested that the publication of this work established Dunbar as the leading African American poet of the day.
Lyrics of Lowly Life contains 105 poems in a mixture of dialect and conventional literary English drawn from his first two volumes of poetry, Oak and Ivy (1892-1893) and Majors and Minors (1895). The work opens with an introduction by William Dean Howells.
To access this work in the Special Collections and Archives reading room, request Curio 821 D899.