- 时间1872 - 1904
邓巴出生在俄亥俄州的代顿父母都是从奴隶制中逃出来的;他的父亲是美国内战的老兵，曾在马萨诸塞州第55步兵团和马萨诸塞州第5有色骑兵团服役。他的父母给他灌输了对学习和历史的热爱。他是一所全是白人的高中，代顿中心高中的学生，他作为一名学生积极参与。在高中期间，他是校报的编辑和班长，也是学校文学协会的主席。邓巴还在代顿创办了第一份非裔美国人通讯。他6岁时写了第一首诗，9岁时第一次公开独奏会。邓巴的第一部作品发表在他的高中朋友威尔伯和奥维尔赖特的报纸上，他们拥有一家印刷厂。莱特兄弟后来投资了代顿报，这是一份针对黑人社区的报纸，由邓巴编辑和出版。他的第一本诗集《橡树与常春藤》于1892年出版，引起了著名的“印第安诗人”詹姆斯·惠特科姆·莱利的注意。 Both Riley and Dunbar wrote poems in both standard English and dialect. His second book, Majors and Minors (1895) brought him national fame and the patronage of William Dean Howells, the novelist and critic and editor of Harper's Weekly. After Howells' praise, his first two books were combined as Lyrics of Lowly Life and Dunbar started on a career of international literary fame. He moved to Washington, D.C., in the LeDroit Park neighborhood. While in Washington, he attended Howard University. His wife Alice Dunbar Nelson was a famous poet as well. A graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, her most famous works include a short story entitled "Violets". She and her husband also wrote books of poetry as companion pieces. An account of their love, life and marriage was depicted in a play by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson titled Oak and Ivy. He kept a lifelong friendship with the Wrights, and was also associated with Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Brand Whitlock was also described as a close friend. He was honored with a ceremonial sword by President Theodore Roosevelt. He wrote a dozen books of poetry, four books of short stories, five novels, and a play. He also wrote lyrics for In Dahomey - the first musical written and performed entirely by African-Americans to appear on Broadway in 1903; the musical comedy played successfully toured England and America over a period of four years - one of the more successful theatrical productions of its time. His essays and poems were published widely in the leading journals of the day. His work appeared in Harper's Weekly, the Saturday Evening Post, the Denver Post, Current Literature and a number of other publications. During his life, considerable emphasis was laid on the fact that Dunbar was of pure black descent, with no white ancestors ever. Dunbar's work is known for its colorful language and use of dialect, and a conversational tone, with a brilliant rhetorical structure. Dunbar traveled to England in 1897 to recite his works on the London literary circuit. He met the brilliant young black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who some of his poems to music and who was influenced by Dunbar to use African and American Negro songs and tunes in future compositions. After his return, Dunbar took a job at the Library of Congress in Washington. In 1900, Dunbar was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and moved to Colorado with his wife on the advice of his doctors. Dunbar died at age thirty-three on February 9, 1906 from tuberculosis, and was interred in the Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.