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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1974

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James Baldwin
   If Beale Street Could Talk

Donald Barthelme
   Guilty Pleasures

Gwendolyn Brooks
   The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, or What You Are You Are

Lucille Clifton
   An Ordinary Woman
   The Thirty Eighth Year**

Robert Creeley
   Thirty Things

June Jordan
   New Days: Poems of Exile and Return

Audre Lorde
   New York Head Shop and Museum

Mary McCarthy
   The Mask of State: Watergate Portraits
   The Seventeenth Degree

Nicholasa Mohr

Toni Morrison
   The Black Book

Joyce Carol Oates
   New Heaven, New Earth

Tillie Lerner Olsen
   Yonnondio: From the Thirties

Ishmael Reed
   The Last Days of Louisiana Red

Charles Reznikoff
   By the Well of Living & Seeing: New & Selected Poems 1918-1973

Adrienne Rich
   Not Somewhere Else, but Here**

Anne Sexton
   The Death Notebooks

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna)
   Laguna Woman

Gary Snyder
   Turtle Island (poems and prose)

John Updike
   Buchanan Dying

Alice Walker
   Langston Hughes, American Poet (biography for young people)

James Welch (Blackfeet–Gros Ventre)
from  Winter in the Blood
   Part Four**

Related Literary Events

John Crowe Ransom died.

Anne Sexton died.

Other Literary Publications

- Alison Lurie, The War Between the Tates
Equal Educational Opportunity Act passed by Congress; makes bilingual education available to Hispanic children.

Supreme Court orders President Nixon to release Watergate tapes.

House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach President Nixon.

South Vietnam announces new outbreak of war.

Norman Y. Mineta is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; he is the first Japanese American congressman elected from the mainland.

Lau v. Nichols; children who speak little English must be provided with bilingual education by their school districts.

President Nixon resigns following the Watergate scandal; Gerald Ford assumes presidency.

Ford-Brezhnev meeting.

Congress passes the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, which allows the tribes to gain control of many federal programs on the reservations.

Whip Inflation Now (WIN) campaign.

Lesbian Herstory Archives founded.

President Ford signs legislation that lets girls play Little League baseball.

Homosexuality is removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders.

Bill Gates first demonstrates his operating system for a personal computer.