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Alice Dunbar Nelson (1875-1935) was born in New Orleans, and graduated from Straight University in that city. She
married writer Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1898. Theirs was a stormy relationship, and they separated in 1902. She briefly married a second time to physician Henry A. Callis in 1910, divorced, and in 1916 married journalist Robert J. Nelson. After her separation from Dunbar, Alice moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught for eighteen years at Howard High School, State College for Colored Students and Hampton Institute. In addition to her teaching, she was a poet, journalist, playwright, and unpublished novelist. Her first collection of stories and poems, Violets and Other Tales, was published in 1895. A second collection, The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories, was released in 1899. These were the only two books that were published during her lifetime, though many of her stories and essays appeared in newspapers and journals including The Crisis, Opportunity, Journal of Negro History, and The Messenger. Alice was a social activist, and worked as a field organizer for women’s suffrage, served with the Women’s Commission on the Council of National Defense, as executive secretary of the American Friends Inter-Racial Peace Committee, and helped found the Industrial School for Colored Girls in Delaware.

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

144 pages, color, $15