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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1957

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1956
1958
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1957
William Faulkner
   The Town

Denise Levertov
   Here and Now

Bernard Malamud
   The Assistant

Albert Maltz
   A Long Day in a Short Life

Mary McCarthy
from  Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
   Names**

Arthur Miller
   Arthur Miller's Collected Plays, Volume 1 and 2

Frank O'Hara
   Meditations in an Emergency

John Okada
from  No-No Boy
   Chapter Six**

Theodore Roethke
   Words for the Wind: The Collected Verse of Theodore Roethke

Robert Penn Warren
   Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South

Richard Wright
   Pagan Spain: A Report of a Journey into the Past
   White Man, Listen!

Related Literary Events

Li-Young Lee was born.

Other Literary Publications

- Ann Bannon, Odd Girl Out

- Jack Kerouac, On the Road

A group of Southern black ministers, including Martin Luther King, Jr., founds the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, causes a crisis when Governor Orval Faubus resists; President Eisenhower is forced to send National Guard troops to Little Rock to preserve order and protect students.

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite.

Eisenhower Doctrine announced.

Civil Rights Act (first since Reconstruction).

image file  Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim create West Side Story, the first major Broadway show with Hispanic actors and dancers.

Peak of "baby boom" (4.3 million births).

Senator John F. Kennedy wins the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage.
1957-1961
W.E.B. Du Bois
   The Black Flame–A Trilogy: The Ordeal of Mansart (1957), Mansart Builds a School (1959), and Worlds of Color (1961)
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