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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1981

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Edward Albee
   The Plays, vol. 2 (Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance, Box, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung)

Gloria Anzaldúa
   This Bridge Called My Back: Writing by Radical Women of Color, ed. with Cherrie Moraga

John Ashbery
   Shadow Train

Toni Cade Bambara
   "The Long Night," ABC (television script)

Donald Barthelme
   Sixty Stories

Gwendolyn Brooks
   To Disembark

Raymond Carver
   What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Lorna Dee Cervantes
   Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway**
   Poem for the Young White Man . . .**

Frank Chin
   The Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon

Judith Ortiz Cofer
   Among the Ancestors
   The Native Dancer

Carolyn Forché
   "El Salvador: An Aide Memoire," American Poetry Review (July/August 1981)

Jessica Hagedorn
   Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
   Mi querido Rafa

June Jordan
   Civil Wars

Tato Laviera

Mary McCarthy
   The Hounds of Summer and Other Stories

Toni Morrison
   Tar Baby

Sarah Wentworth Morton
   Stanzas to a Husband Recently United**

Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo)
   from Sand Creek video file

Pedro Pietri
   Lost in the Museum of Natural History/Perdido en el Museo de Historia Natural

Sylvia Plath
   The Collected Poems

Adrienne Rich
   A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far
   Coast to Coast**

Sonia Sanchez
   I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna)

Lee Smith

Gary Soto
   Mexicans Begin Jogging**
   Where Sparrows Work Hard

Alice Walker
   Nineteen Fifty-Five**
   You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (Short Stories)

John Edgar Wideman
   Hiding Place

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