IN-PERSON - Gene Andrew Jarrett | Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird

Thu, June 16, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE


In conversation with Herman Beavers, the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Gene Andrew Jarrett is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature. He is the editor of an additional eight books of African American literary studies, including two about 19th century U.S. poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dean of the faculty and William S. Tod Professor of English at Princeton University, last year he was appointed to the Association of American Universities’ Advisory Board for Racial Equity in Higher Education. On the 150th anniversary of Dunbar’s birth, Jarrett’s latest book is a nuanced biography of Dunbar as the Gilded Age celebrity, acclaimed as the “poet laureate of his race,” whose improbable success hid profound private struggles.

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Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books

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