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The sport of the gods

By Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was a seminal American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His first collection of poetry, Oak and Ivy, was published in 1892 and attracted the attention of James Whitcomb Riley, the popular "Hoosier Poet." 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. He gained national recognition for his 1896 Lyrics of a Lowly Life, one poem in the collection being Ode to Ethiopia. He wrote a dozen books of poetry, four books of short stories, five novels, and a play. 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. Dunbar's work is known for its colourful language and use of dialect, and a conversational tone, with a brilliant rhetorical structure. Amongst his other works are: The Uncalled (1896), The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories (1900), The Sport of the Gods (1902) and The Heart of Happy Hollow (1904).

Table of Contents
  • THE SPORT OF THE GODS
  • by
  • PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
    • Author of "Lyrics of Lowly Life," "Poems of Cabin and Field," "Candle-Lightin' Time," "The Fanatics," etc.
      • Originally published in 1902
    • CONTENTS
    • I.
    • THE HAMILTONS
    • II.
    • A FAREWELL DINNER
    • III.
    • THE THEFT
    • IV.
    • FROM A CLEAR SKY
    • V.
    • THE JUSTICE OF MEN
    • VI.
    • OUTCASTS
    • VII.
    • IN NEW YORK
    • VIII.
    • AN EVENING OUT
    • IX.
    • HIS HEART'S DESIRE
    • X.
    • A VISITOR FROM HOME
    • XI.
    • BROKEN HOPES
    • XII.
    • "ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE"
    • XIII.
    • THE OAKLEYS
    • XIV.
    • FRANKENSTEIN
    • XV.
    • "DEAR, DAMNED, DELIGHTFUL TOWN"
    • XVI.
    • SKAGGS'S THEORY
    • XVII.
    • A YELLOW JOURNAL
      • "A Burning Shame!
      • A Poor and Innocent Negro made to Suffer
      • for a Rich Man's Crime!
      • Great Exposé by the 'Universe'!
      • A 'Universe' Reporter To the Rescue!
      • The Whole Thing to Be Aired that the
      • People may Know!"
    • XVIII.
    • WHAT BERRY FOUND
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