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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1950

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E.E. Cummings

Ralph Waldo Ellison
   A Party Down at the Square**

William Faulkner
   Collected Stories of William Faulkner

Ernest Hemingway
   Across the River and Into the Trees

Albert Maltz
   The Citizen Writer

Mary McCarthy
   Cast a Cold Eye

Charles Olson
   The Kingfishers**

Saunders Redding
   Stranger and Alone
   They Came in Chains

George Samuel Schuyler
   Fifty Years of Progress in Negro Journalism

Wallace Stevens
   The Auroras of Autumn
   The Course of a Particular**

Robert Penn Warren
   World Enough and Time

Anzia Yezierska
   Red Ribbon on a White Horse

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