Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (1872–1906) & Cook, Will Marion. (1869–1944)
Good Evenin', A Real Native Southern Negro Melody
[New York]: Music Supplement of the N. Y. American and Journal. 1903.
4 pp. Pictorial cover in blue and orange. With words by Paul Laurence Dunbar, "the Negro Poet," and music by Will Marion Cook, "the Negro Composer." The final page of music is printed in orange ink. Toned with some light edge wear, but overall fine. 10.75 x 14 inches (27.5 x 35.3 cm). Rare.
The African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of escaped slaves, was known for his colorful use of language and dialect. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 33. His Lyrics of Lowly Life, enthusiastically supported by critics such as William Dean Howells, established his reputation.