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The heart of happy hollow

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It had been so long since anyone save those whom they knew had alighted at Miltonville that the loungers had lost faith, and with it curiosity, and now they scarcely changed their positions as the little engine stopped with a snort of disgust. But in an instant indifference had fled as the mist before the sun, and every eye on the platform was staring and white. It is the unexpected that always happens, and yet humanity never gets accustomed to it. The loafers, white and black, had assumed a sitting posture, and then they had stood up. For from the cars there had alighted the wonder of a stranger—a Negro stranger, gorgeous of person and attire. He was dressed in a suit of black cloth. A long coat was buttoned close around his tall and robust form. He was dead black, from his shiny top hat to his not less shiny boots, and about him there was the indefinable air of distinction. He stood looking about the platform for a moment, and then stepped briskly and decisively t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Dunbar is one of my favorite writers. This collection is filled with wonderful stories that are beautifully crafted. It would be difficult to decide which was the best.

This is more a collection of parables than short stories. The shortest among them is a trim 3 pages - hardly enough space for any sort of character development - and the longest can't be more than 10, which is just long enough, as it turns out. For what they are (morality lessons, basically), the st

Quality short stories. A lot to unpack.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was an African-American poet, novelist and playwright. I’d never heard of him before and was delighted to be offered this book of short stories from Netgalley and find out more about him. The son of former slaves, he wrote works that interpreted the African-American

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This book is a combination of 16 short stories written by Paul Laurence Dunbar. These stories are basically about the events after the Civil War and the Gilded Age. They share the triumphs and tragedies that might be as current today as they were then It is a fantasti

African- American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar, who flourished at the end of the 19 th and beginning of the 20 th century, is perhaps best known for his poetry, but here we find 16 short stories rich in humor, insight, and a deep understanding.

Tales of African-American that, according to Dunbar, coul