Separated: in 1902. This apparently caused PL to have dependence on alcohol and further damaged health.
Began reciting poetry at age 6
PL and the Wright brothers grew up together
June 27, 1892 his first public reading
His writing was recognized by James Whitcomb Riley
1893 he was invited to recite at Worlds Fair met Frederick Douglass who called Dunbar "the most promising young colored man in America."
1897 Traveled to England London literary circuit and became sick with tuberculosis.
Work appeared in: Harpers Weekly, Sunday Evening Post, Denver Post, Current Literature
12 books of poetry, 4 books of short stories, a play, and 5 novels
Oak and Ivy, a book of poems, in 1892
Majors and Minors
Oak and Ivy and Majors and minors combined and published into Lyrics of a Lowly Life
The Uncalled (1898)
The Love of Landry (1900)
The Fanatics (1901)
The Sport of Gods (1902)
The Heart of Happy Hollow (1904) short stories
Lyrics of Love and Sunshine (1905) short stories
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1913; still in print)