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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1986

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Rudolfo A. Anaya
   A Chicano in China

Donald Barthelme

Gwendolyn Brooks
   The Near-Jonannesburg Boy and Other Poems

Raymond Carver

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Robert Creeley
   Memory Gardens

Rita Dove
   The Oriental Ballerina**
   Thomas and Beulah

Ralph Waldo Ellison
   Going to the Territory

Louise Erdrich (Chippewa)
   Beet Queen

Carolyn Forché
   "A Lesson in Commitment," Tri-Quarterly (Winter 1986)

Allen Ginsberg
   Howl (facsimile)
   White Shroud, Poems 1980-1985

Ernest Hemingway
   The Garden of Eden

Michael Herr
   The Big Room (with Guy Peellaert)

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
   Claros varones de Belkin

Etheridge Knight
   The Essential Etheridge Knight

Li-Young Lee
   Ash, Snow, or Moonlight
   I Ask My Mother to Sing**

Audre Lorde
   Apartheid USA
   I Am Your Sister
   Our Dead Behind Us
   The Art of Response**

Arthur Miller
   Danger: Memory (I Can't Remember Anything and Clara)

Nicholasa Mohr
   Going Home

Pat Mora
   Border Town: 1938**
   University Avenue**
   Unnatural Speech**

Aurora Levins Morales
   Child of the Americas**
   Getting Home Alive (Co-authored with Rosario Morales)
   Heart of My Heart, Bone of My Bone**

Joyce Carol Oates
   (Woman) Writer
   Marya: A Life

Ishmael Reed
   Reckless Eyeballing

Adrienne Rich
   Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1986
   Your Native Land, Your Life

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna)
   The Delicacy and Strength of Lace (correspondence with James Wright)

Gary Snyder
   Left Out in the Rain: New Poems, 1947-1985

Gary Soto
   Small Faces

John Updike
   Roger's Version

Margaret Walker
   Richard Wright, Daemonic Genius: A Portrait of the Man, A Critical Look at His Work

James Welch (Blackfeet-Gros Ventre)
   Fools Crow

Tennessee Williams
   Collected Stories

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President Reagan orders the bombing of Libya in an attempt to curtail terrorism.

Supreme Court rules that workplace sexual harassment is illegal.

Congress passes South African sanctions.

Women's acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) project begins in Los Angeles.

William Rehnquist becomes chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Antonin Scalia joins Supreme Court.

Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Federal deficit rises to $221 billion.

NASA's first Hispanic astronaut is Franklin Chang-Díaz.

An explosion and fire occur at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine; worst nuclear power accident in history.

U.S.-backed dictator Ferdinand Marcos is overthrown in the Philippines; escapes to Hawaii.

The space shuttle Challenger explodes on take-off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida (January 28).

On average, working women are paid sixty-four cents to every working man's dollar.

Martin Luther King's birthday becomes national holiday.

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