I've wanted this title for awhile and was very happy to find it at such a low price. The volume is in excellent condition. I love old library books. I have begun reading and already I can tell this will be a fantastic read. For all his faults, I love Paul Laurence Dunbar. Wonderful poet.
Well told story of a man and woman most admired...Paul Laurence Dunbar 's poem "We wear a mask" is a classic. But somewhere along the way his personal life became twisted. The book implies it was his homelife that later caused him to view women in such negative light. But Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar had her personality issues as well. Maybe growing up in the Victorian era, and trying to adapt views and customs which were not their own may have caused them both more heartache then it was worth.
This book is riveting and provided fascinating new information about Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Moore Dunbar. At the same time, it scratches the surface in too many places, relying on feminist cliches instead of substantive analysis. This is clearly a dissertation that was published with out the skilled editing that allows the author to reach new conclusions. Too many times, I feel that a window had been opened for me to get a glimpse into lives, then swung shut before insights had been fully explored.