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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1937

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Louise Bogan
   After the Persian**
   Roman Fountain**
   The Sleeping Fury**

Kay Boyle
   A Communication to Nancy Cunard**

Pietro Di Donato
   Christ in Concrete**

Ernest Hemingway
   To Have and Have Not

Zora Neale Hurston
   Their Eyes Were Watching God

Robinson Jeffers
   Self-Criticism in February**
   The Purse-Seine**

Younghill Kang
from  East Goes West
   Part One, Book Three**

Edna St. Vincent Millay
   Conversation at Midnight

Edwin Arlington Robinson
   Collected Poems

John Steinbeck
   Of Mice and Men

Wallace Stevens
   The Man with the Blue Guitar

William Carlos Williams
   White Mule

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Rudolfo A. Anaya was born.

Thomas Pynchon was born.

Edith Wharton died.

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A. Philip Randolph's Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids recognized by Pullman Company.

National Housing Act.

Japan invades China.

U.S. Steel, General Motors, and Chrysler sign union contracts.

President Roosevelt delivers "Quarantine" speech.

Farm Security Administration (FSA) replaces the Resettlement Administration.

President Roosevelt’s "court-packing" plan defeated.

Hugo Black appointed to the Supreme Court.

Autoworkers’ sit-down strike against General Motors ends (February).

Supreme Court finds the Wagner Act constitutional.

Chairman of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee Philip Murray urges black support for unions in a speech to the National Negro Congress.

Appointment of first African American federal judge, William H. Hastie.

Final ethnic strike takes place in Hawaii
The "Roosevelt recession" begins.

Twice as many union members involved in work stoppages this year than in 1936.

"Memorial Day Massacre": a group of union demonstrators are fired upon while protesting at Republic Steel in South Chicago, Illinois; four killed, 84 injured. (May 30)
U.S.S. Panay, a U.S. Navy gunboat, is sunk by the Japanese in China (December 12).

audio file  Hindenburg destroyed by fire at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Negro American Baseball League founded; eventually absorbs the Negro National League.

Frank Whittle, British inventor, produces the first jet engine.

Joe Louis, the "Brown Bomber," wins heavyweight championship.

Amelia Earhart's plane disappears.

image file  Palmer Hayden, The Janitor Who Paints.

image file  Henry Ossawa Tanner died.

Golden Gate Bridge opened.

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Mary McCarthy
   Sights and Spectacles