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Alice Dunbar-Nelson

  • ... the rainbow is elusive, and its colors but the illumination of tears ...

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • "Sister Josepha," The Goodness of St. Rocque ()
  • I had not thought of violets of late, / The wild, shy kind that springs beneath your feet / In wistful April days ...

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • "Violets," in The Crisis ()
  • ... Winter had stretched / Long chill fingers into the brown, streaming hair / Of fleeing October.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • "Snow in October," in Countee Cullen, ed., Caroling Dusk ()
  • Blue. My God! I'm so blue that if I were a dog, I'd sit on my haunches and howl and howl and howl ...

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1926, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson ()
  • My birthday! Fifty-two years old. Ye gods! Can you believe it? I feel about thirty-two, look forty-two. ... I am fifty-four, feel twenty-five, look forty.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • in Gloria T. Hull, ed., Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson ()
  • I am profoundly in the D's — discouraged, depressed, disheartened, disgusted.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1930, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson ()
  • Willow trees are kind, Dear God. They will not bear a body on their limbs.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • "April Is on the Way" (1927), in Gloria T. Hull, ed., The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, vol. 2 ()
  • ... didacticism is the death of art ...

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1926, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, vol. 2 ()
  • Every new fad or fashion at once has its denouncers from the pulpit, platform, professor's chair.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1926, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, vol. 2 ()
  • [They] felt as if their nerves had been peeled with rusty knives.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1928, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, vol. 2 ()
  • Picturesqueness is a lost art. We may expect at anytime to hear that a collar ad is blazing its electric lights atop of the largest pyramid.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1929, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, vol. 2 ()

Alice Dunbar-Nelson, U.S. writer, poet, journalist, political activist

(1875 - 1935)

Full name: Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson.