Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) was born to two former slaves. While working as an elevator operator, he published his first poetry collection. His second collection in 1895 thrust him into the national spotlight and garnered praise from the white and black elite. He ultimately produced twelve books of poetry, several stories and plays, and five novels.Herbert Woodward Martin is a professor at the University of Dayton. He is an active fan and promoter of Dunbar’s work.Dunbar, Paul Laurence is the author of 'Selected Poems', published 2004 under ISBN 9780142437827 and ISBN 0142437824.