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October 20

Robert Pinsky born, 1940

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Who thought William Dean Howells, whose book review had brought him to national fame, had "done [. . .] irrevocable harm in the dictum he laid down regarding my dialect verse"?

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Paul Laurence Dunbar felt Howells' review of Majors and Minors had limited his audience's interest in his work to popularize the use of dialect in poetry.

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