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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1984

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Rudolfo A. Anaya
   The Legend of La Llorona

John Ashbery
   A Wave

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
   Daggers and Javelins: Essays, 1974-1979
   The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka

John Barth
   The Friday Book: Essays and Other Nonfiction

Saul Bellow
   Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories

Elizabeth Bishop
   The Collected Prose

Raymond Carver
   A Small, Good Thing**

Robert Creeley
   The Collected Prose

Louise Erdrich (Chippewa)
from  Love Medicine
   "Saint Marie" (1934)**

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
   Over All the Obscene Boundaries

Allen Ginsberg
   Collected Poems 1947-1980

Denise Levertov
   Oblique Players

Audre Lorde
   Sister Outsider

Norman Mailer
   Tough Guys Don't Dance

Bernard Malamud
   The Stories of Bernard Malamud

Arthur Miller
   The Archbishop's Ceiling
   The Two-Way Mirror (Elegy for a Lady and Some Kind of Love Story)

Pat Mora

Joyce Carol Oates
   Last Days

Tillie Lerner Olsen
   Mother to Daughter, Daughter to Mother: A Daybook and Reader, editor

Cynthia Ozick

Pedro Pietri
   The Masses Are Asses

Thomas Pynchon
   Slow Learner

Adrienne Rich
   The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New 1950-1984

Sonia Sanchez
   Just Don't Never Give Up on Love
   A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King**
   Homegirls & Handgrenades

Lee Smith
   "Desire on Silhouette Lagoon," in Uneeda Review, ed. J. Parkhurst Schimmelpfennig

Gary Snyder
   Passage Through India (prose)

John Updike
   The Witches of Eastwick

Helena María Viramontes
   The Cariboo Café**

Alice Walker
   Horses Make A Landscape Look More Beautiful (Poems)

John Edgar Wideman
   Brothers and Keepers

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