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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1963

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James Baldwin
   The Fire Next Time

Louise Bogan
   The Dragonfly** audio file

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Selected Poems

   Recordando al Presidente/Remembering the President**

Robert Creeley
   The Island (novel)

Allen Ginsberg
   Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960

Langston Hughes
   Something in Common and Other Stories

Robinson Jeffers
   The Beginning and the End and Other Poems

Martin Luther King, Jr.
   I Have a Dream**
   Strength to Love
Martin Luther King delivers the
"I Have a Dream" speech
Sound file

Robert Lowell, Jr.
   For Theodore Roethke**

Bernard Malamud
   Idiots First

Mary McCarthy
   Mary McCarthy's Theater Chronicles

Joyce Carol Oates
   By the North Gate

Sylvia Plath
   The Bell Jar(published under the name "Victoria Lucas")

Thomas Pynchon

Charles Reznikoff
   Family Chronicle(with Nathan and Sarah Reznikoff)

Adrienne Rich
   Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law

Theodore Roethke
   Party at the Zoo

John Updike
   Telephone Poles
   The Centaur

James Wright
   Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio** audio file audio file
   Lawd Today
   Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota**

Related Literary Events

W.E.B. Du Bois died.

Robert Frost died.

Clifford Odets died.

Sylvia Plath died.

Theodore Roethke died.

William Carlos Williams died.

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- Linda Ty-Casper, The Transparent Sun and Other Stories

Test-Ban Treaty between the Soviet Union and the U.S.

Alabama police attack march led by Martin Luther King, Jr., arousing national support for civil rights movement.

ARVN (South Vietnamese army) coup overthrows and assassinates Diem.

Buddhist protests commence.

Sixteen thousand U.S. military personnel in Vietnam.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., addresses the Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C.; delivers the I Have a Dream speech (August 28).

President Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; Lyndon Baines Johnson assumes the presidency (November 22).

audio file  Bogan reads The Dragonfly.

Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique.

text file  Bob Dylan releases Blowin' in the Wind.

The New York Review of Books founded by Elizabeth Hardwick.