By Eleanor Alexander
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On February 10, 1906, Alice Ruth Moore, estranged spouse of popular early twentieth-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, boarded a streetcar, settled with ease into her seat, and opened her newspaper to profit of her husband's loss of life the day ahead of. Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of former slaves, whom Frederick Douglass had dubbed "the so much promising younger coloured guy in America," was once useless from tuberculosis on the age of 33.
Lyrics of light and Shadow lines the tempestuous romance of America's such a lot famous African-American literary couple. Drawing on numerous love letters, diaries, journals, and autobiographies, Eleanor Alexander vividly recounts Dunbar's and Moore's tumultuous affair, from a courtship carried out nearly completely via letters and an elopement because of Dunbar's brutal, drunken rape of Moore, via their passionate marriage and its eventual violent dissolution in 1902. Moore, as soon as having left Dunbar, rejected his each entreaty to come back to him, responding to his many letters just once, with a blunt, one-word telegram ("No").
This is a impressive tale of tragic romance between African-American elites suffering to outline themselves and their relationships in the context of post-slavery the United States. As such, it offers a well timed exam of the ways that cultural ideology and politics form and complicate conceptions of romantic love.
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