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The Sport of the Gods

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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The Sport of the Gods is a novel by Paul Laurence Dunbar, first published in 1902, centered around urban black life.
Forced to leave the South, a family falls apart amid the harsh realities of Northern inner city life in this 1902 examination of the forces that extinguish the dreams of African Americans.

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Author of "Lyrics of Lowly Life," "Poems of Cabin and Field," "Candle Lightin' Time," "The Fanatics," etc.

Originally published in 1902


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

XVIII. What Berry Found



Fiction has said so much in regret of the old days when there were plantations and overseers and masters and slaves, that it was good to come upon such a household as Berry Hamilton's, if for no other reason than that it afforded a relief from the monotony of tiresome iteration.

The little cottage in which he lived with his wife, Fannie, who was housekeeper to the Oakleys, and his son and daughter, Joe and Kit, sat back in the yard some hundred paces from the mansion of his employer... Continue reading book >>

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