Lyrics of the Hearthside.

Collected volume of poetry by writer Paul Laurence Dunbar published the year after his marriage to Alice Ruth Moore, to whom the book is dedicated. Many of the poems—which are written in both standard English and in black “dialect”—were first published in magazines such as The Ladies Home Journal, The Outlook, Century, and The Cosmopolitan. Includes the poems “At Candle-Lightin’ Time” and “Sympathy,” the final lines of the latter—“But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings — / I know why the caged bird sings!”—inspired the title of Maya Angelou’s first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Description: Lyrics of the Hearthside.

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1899. First Edition. Frontispiece portrait, x, 227pp. Original, publisher’s green cloth with gilt stamped titling and decorations on spine and upper cover; untrimmed edges; top edge gilt. Binding design by Alice C. Morse, signed with her cipher “AM.” Light mottling to boards and mild, even overall sunning; light foxing; (page ix) with tight vertical crease line, as bound. Overall a very good copy, sound and clean and with no previous ownership markings.


Price: $75.00