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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1953

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James Baldwin
   Go Tell It on the Mountain

Saul Bellow
   The Adventures of Augie March

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Maud Martha

E.E. Cummings
   i: six non-lectures

Ralph Waldo Ellison
   Brave Words for a Startling Occasion**

Claude McKay
   A Red Flower** text file
   Flower of Love** text file
   Selected Poems

Arthur Miller
   The Crucible**

Flannery O'Connor
   A Good Man Is Hard to Find** audio file image file

Charles Olson
   I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You**
   In Cold Hell, In Thicket
   The Maximus Poems / 1-10, 11-22

Ann Petry
   The Narrows

Theodore Roethke
   The Wakening: Poems 1933-53

Robert Penn Warren
   Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse and Voices

Richard Wright
   The Outsider

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