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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1979

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1978
1980
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1979
Rudolfo A. Anaya
   Tortuga
John Ashbery
   As We Know

James Baldwin
   Just Above My Head

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
   Selected Essays of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, and Selected Prose of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones

John Barth
   LETTERS: A Novel

Donald Barthelme
   Great Days (stories)

Robert Creeley
   Later
   Mabel: A Story
   Was That a Real Poem and Other Essays

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
   The Old Italians Dying**

Joy Harjo (Creek)
   What Moon Drove Me to This

Lillian Hellman
   Six Plays
   Three: An Unfinished Woman, Pentimento, Scoundrel Time

Tato Laviera
   Olu Clemente (theatre)

Denise Levertov
   Collected Earlier Poems, 1940-1960

Audre Lorde
   The Master's Tools**

Norman Mailer
   The Executioner's Song

Bernard Malamud
   Dubin's Lives

Mary McCarthy
   Cannibals and Missionaries

Nicholasa Mohr
   Felita

Joyce Carol Oates
   Unholy Loves

Flannery O'Connor
   The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O'Connor

Ishmael Reed
   Califia, ed.

Adrienne Rich
   On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

Wendy Rose (Hopi)
   Builder Kachina: A Home-Going Cycle

Muriel Rukeyser
   The Collected Poems

Gary Snyder
   He Who Haunted Birds in His Father's Village: Dimensions of a Haida Myth

John Updike
   Problems
   Separating**
   Too Far to Go

Alice Walker
   Goodnight, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning (poems)
   I Love Myself When I Am Laughing . . . And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean And Impressive, A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (editor)

James Welch (Blackfeet–Gros Ventre)
   The Death of Jim Loney

Related Literary Events

Elizabeth Bishop died.

John Joseph Mathews (Osage) died.

Allen Tate died.

Other Literary Publications

- Octavia E. Butler, Kindred

President Carter restores full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Menachem Begin and Anwar el-Sadat sign peace treaty at White House.

Second round of OPEC price increases.

Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II agreement in Vienna.

Edward Hidalgo appointed U.S. Secretary of the Navy, the first Hispanic so honored.

Israel and Egypt sign the Camp David accords, an historic diplomatic agreement brokered by President Carter.

U.S.-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza is overthrown in Nicaragua.

The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.

The Sioux nation is granted $17.6 million for the Black Hills of South Dakota, which had been taken illegally from them in 1877.

Margaret Thatcher is elected prime minister of Great Britain; she is the first woman to hold that position.

The shah of Iran flees; Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini invades and assumes power.

Iranian revolutionaries seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran; hold and hold fifty-two Americans hostage for 444 days (November 4).

text filetext fileIn the poem "Thanks," Komunyakaa articulates his sense of relief and even disbelief that he was not wounded or killed while serving in Vietnam. In the caption for this painting, the artist Cleveland Wright expresses similar feelings. How do the poem and the painting express this relief? Why do they invoke images of death and loss despite the artists' emphasis on celebrating survival?

A serious accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania sours Americans on nuclear power as a substitute for oil.

Equal rights march to Washington, D.C., by gays and lesbians.

Reverend Jerry Falwell forms the Moral Majority, an evangelical Christian political organization.

For the first time in the U.S., more women than men enter colleges and universities.

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