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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1956

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John Ashbery
   Some Trees
   The Instruction Manual**

James Baldwin
   Giovanni's Room

John Barth
   The Floating Opera

Saul Bellow
   Seize the Day

Elizabeth Bishop
   Poems: North & South—A Cold Spring

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Bronzeville Boys and Girls

Allen Ginsberg
   A Supermarket in California** audio file
   Howl and Other Poems

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
   Tribute to Freud

Langston Hughes
   I Wonder as I Wander

Mary McCarthy
   Venice Observed

Charles Olson
   Maximus, to himself**

Robert Penn Warren
   Founding Fathers, Early-Nineteenth-Century Style, Southeast U.S.A.**
   Infant Boy at Midcentury**

Richard Wright
   The Color Curtain: A Report on the Bandung Conference

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