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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1961

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Edward Albee
   The American Dream and The Zoo Story

James Baldwin
   Nobody Knows My Name

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
   Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note . . .

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
   Starting from San Francisco

Allen Ginsberg
   Empty Mirror: Early Poems
   Kaddish and Other Poems 1958-60

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
   Helen in Egypt

Langston Hughes
   Radioactive Red Caps** text file
   The Best of Simple

Denise Levertov
   A Solitude**

Robert Lowell, Jr.

Bernard Malamud
   A New Life

Paule Marshall
   Soul Clap Hands and Sing

Mary McCarthy
   On the Contrary

Tillie Lerner Olsen
   Tell Me a Riddle**

John Dos Passos

Theodore Roethke
   I Am! Says the Lamb

Anne Sexton

John Steinbeck
   The Winter of Our Discontent

Robert Penn Warren
   Flood: A Romance of Our Time
   The Legacy of the Civil War

William Carlos Williams
   Collected Stories

Richard Wright
   Eight Men

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Kenneth Fearing died.

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), c. 1886-1961

Ernest Hemingway died.
President Kennedy orders five hundred Green Beret military advisors to South Vietnam to help President Diem in his fight against the Viet Cong.

Suspension of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Direct James Farmer leads a group of black and white "freedom riders" on a bus trip from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans to protest continued segregation in the South.

President Eisenhower warns of "military-industrial complex" in his farewell address.

The Berlin Wall, separating the East German and West German sectors of Berlin, is erected by the East German government.

Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress created.

The Bay of Pigs invasion: a U.S.-trained force of Cuban exiles invades Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Castro; they are quickly defeated (April 17).

Women comprise only 3.6 percent of law school students.

Spanish International Network founded; first national television network broadcast in Spanish.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn becomes first female chair of the U.S. Communist Party.

Alan Shepard, Jr., becomes the first American in space.