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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1983

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Gloria Anzaldúa
   "El Paisano Is a Bird of Good Omen," Cuentos: Stories by Latinas

Elizabeth Bishop
   The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Very Young Poets

Raymond Carver
   Fires: Essays, Poems, and Stories, 1966-1982

Robert Creeley

Rita Dove

Carolyn Forché
   El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers

Ernest J. Gaines
   A Gathering of Old Men

Joy Harjo (Creek)
   New Orleans**
   She Had Some Horses
   The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window**

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
   Sometimes It Just Happens That Way; That's All**

Meridel LeSueur
   I Hear Men Talking and Other Stories

Denise Levertov
   Poems, 1960-1967

Norman Mailer
   Ancient Evenings

Paule Marshall
   Praisesong for the Widow
   Reena and Other Stories

Arthur Miller
   The American Clock

Joyce Carol Oates
   The Profane Art

Flannery O'Connor
   The Presence of Grace, and Other Book Reviews

Frank O'Hara
   Standing Still and Walking in New York

Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo)
   Earth Power Coming, ed.
   Fightin': New and Selected Short Stories

Cynthia Ozick
   Art & Ardor: Essays
   The Cannibal Galaxy

Pedro Pietri
   Traffic Violations** audio file

Adrienne Rich

Wendy Rose (Hopi)

Lee Smith
   Oral History

Gary Snyder
   Axe Handles

John Updike
   Hugging the Shore

Alice Walker
   In Search Of Our Mothers' Gardens (Essays)

Robert Penn Warren
   Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

Eudora Welty
   One Writer's Beginnings

John Edgar Wideman
   Sent for You Yesterday

James Wright
   Collected Prose

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U.S. deploys Pershing II and cruise missiles in Europe.

Reagan proposes Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars).

Severe recession ends.

Report criticizing treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II released by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC); the report also recommends compensation in the amount of $20,000 for each detainee.

Three World War II veterans, Fred Korematsu, Min Yasui, and Gordon Hirabayashi, petition to overturn their convictions for violating curfew and evacuation orders during the war.

A terrorist bomb explodes in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, killing 241 American servicemen.

U.S. invades Grenada, a small Caribbean island.

Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space, on a mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

There are 444 women's studies programs that exist in U.S. colleges and universities.

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