Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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Violets and Other Tales. Boston: Monthly Review Press, 1895.

The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1899.

Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, edited by Gloria Hull. New York: Norton, 1984.

Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence: The Best Speeches Delivered by the Negro from the Days of Slavery to the Present Time, edited by Dunbar Nelson. Harrisburg, Pa.: Douglass, 1914.

The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer, edited with contributions by Dunbar Nelson. Naperville, Ill.: J. L. Nichols, 1920.


"I Sit and Sew" and other poems, in Negro Poets and Their Poems, edited by Robert T. Kerlin. Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, 1923.

"Snow in October," in Caroling Dusk, edited by Countee Cullen. New York & London: Harper, 1927.

Publications in Magazines and Journals:


"The Author's Evening at Home," Smart Set (September 1900): 105-106.


"The Little Mother," Standard Union (Brooklyn), 7 March 1900.

"The Ball Dress," Leslie's Weekly, 93 (12 December 1901).

"Science in Frenchtown--a Short Story," Saturday Evening Mail, 7 December 1912, magazine section: 8-9, 26, 27.

"Hope Deferred," Crisis, 8 (September 1914): 238-242.


"Appointed, Some Points of View," Daily Crusader, 2 July 1894.

"Training of Teachers of English," Education, 29 (October 1908): 97-103.

"Wordsworth's Use of Milton's Description of Pandemonium," Modern Language Notes, 24 (April 1909): 124-125.

"What Has the Church to Offer the Men of Today?," A.M.E. Church Review, 30 (July 1913): 5-13.

"The Poet and His Song," in Paul Lawrence Dunbar: Poet Laureate of the Negro Race, special issue of the A.M.E. Church Review (October 1914): 5-19.

"People of Color in Louisiana," Journal of Negro History, 1 (October 1916): 361-376; 2 (January 1917): 51-78.

"'Hysteria': The Old Time Mass Meeting Is Dead," Competitor, 1 (February 1920): 32-33.

"Negro Literature for Negro Pupils," Southern Workman, 51 (February 1922): 59-63.

"These 'Colored' United States," Messenger, 6 (August 1924): 244-246; 6 (September 1924): 276-279.

"Woman's Most Serious Problem," Messenger, 9 (March 1927): 73, 86.

"Textbooks in Public Schools: A Job for the Negro Woman," Messenger, 9 (May 1927): 149.

"Facing Life Squarely," Messenger, 9 (July 1927): 219.

"The Negro Looks at an Outworn Tradition," Southern Workman, 57 (May 1928): 195-200.

"The Big Quarterly in Wilmington," Journal Every Evening, (Wilmington, Del.) 27 August 1932, 8-9.


"Rainy Day," Advertiser, (Elmira, N.Y.), 18 September 1898.

"Summit and Vale," Lippincott's (December 1902): 175.

"Violets" and "Sonnet," Crisis, (August 1917): 198.

"To Madame Curie," Public Ledger, (Philadelphia), 21 August 1921.

"Communion," "Music," and "Of Old St. Augustine," Opportunity, 3 (July 1925): 216.

"Forest Fire," Harlem: A Forum of Negre Life, 1 (November 1928): 22.

"Canto--I Sing," American Interracial Peace Committee Bulletin, (October 1929).


Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America: Literature. vol. 2. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1997, 68-72.

Hull, Gloria, ed., "A Chronology," in Give us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. New York: Norton, 1984, 467-469.

Hull, Gloria T. Color, Sex, and Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Page, James A. and Jae Min Roh, eds., Selected Black American, African and Caribbean Authors: A Bio-Bibliography. Littleton, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1985.

Roses, Lorraine Elena and Ruth Elizabeth Randolph. Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Literary Biographies of 100 Black Women Writers 1900-1945. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall & Co, 1990, 87-91.

Salem, Dorothy, C. African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993, 165-167.

Williams, Ora. "Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson," in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Afro-American Writers Before the Harlem Renaissance. vol. 50. edited by Trudier Harris. Detroit, Mi.: Gale Research Co., 1987, 225-232.

Williams, Ora. "Works by and about Alice Ruth (Moore) Dunbar-Nelson: A Bibliography," CLA Journal, 19 (March 1976): 322-326.

Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: A Resource Guide
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