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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1959

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Saul Bellow
   Henderson the Rain King

William Faulkner
   The Mansion

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry
   A Raisin in the Sun**

Langston Hughes
   Thank You, Ma'm** text file

Martin Luther King, Jr.
   Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

Denise Levertov
   With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads

Robert Lowell, Jr.
   Life Studies
   Memories of West Street and Lepke**

Norman Mailer
   Advertisements for Myself

Paule Marshall
   Brown Girl, Brownstones

Mary McCarthy
   The Stories of Florence

Frank O'Hara
   Jackson Pollack

Grace Paley
   The Little Disturbances of Man. Stories of Men and Women at Love

Charles Reznikoff
   Inscriptions 1944-1956

Gary Snyder
   Vapor Trails**

Tales from the Hispanic Southwest
   The Devil Woman**

John Updike
   Poorhouse Fair
   The Same Door

Robert Penn Warren
   The Cave

James Wright
   Saint Judas**

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Hiram Fong, from Hawaii, becomes first Chinese American elected to the U.S. Senate.

Daniel Inouye, from Hawaii, becomes first Japanese American elected to U.S. House of Representatives.

Alaska and Hawaii are admitted as the forty-ninth and fiftieth states.

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits the U.S.

Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba; U.S.-supported President Batista flees (January 1).

Berry Gordy founds Motown Records.

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun becomes first play by an African American woman to open on Broadway.

image file  Opening of Guggenheim Museum in New York.

audio fileMartin Luther King delivers the "I Have a Dream" speech

audio fileThe Public Garden