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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1989

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Historical
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1989
John Ashbery
   Reported Sightings: Art Chronicles 1957-87

Saul Bellow
   A Theft
   The Bellarosa Connection

Raymond Carver
   A New Path To The Waterfall

Judith Ortiz Cofer
   The Line of the Sun

Robert Creeley
   The Collected Essays

Victor Hernández Cruz
   Rhythm, Content and Flavor

Rita Dove
   Grace Notes

Louise Erdrich (Chippewa)
   Baptism of Fire

Kimiko Hahn
   Airpocket
   Resistance: A Poem on Ikat Cloth**

Joy Harjo (Creek)
   Secrets from the Center of the World (with Steven Strom)

June Jordan
   Lyrical Campaigns: Selected Poems
   Moving Towards Home: Political Essays
   Naming Our Destiny: New and Selected Poems
   Poem about My Rights**
   To Free Nelson Mandela**

Maxine Hong Kingston
   Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book

Denise Levertov
   A Door in the Hive

Bernard Malamud
   The People and Uncollected Stories

D'Arcy McNickle
   Hard Riding**

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa)
   The Ancient Child

Marianne Moore
   The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore

Bharati Mukherjee
   Jasmine

Tillie Lerner Olsen
   Comments and Excerpts from Manuscripts in First Drafts: Forty Years of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford

Cynthia Ozick
   Metaphor & Memory: Essays

Thomas Pynchon
   New and Collected Poems

Ishmael Reed
   The Terrible Threes

Adrienne Rich
   Time's Power: Poems 1985-1988

John Updike
   Just Looking
   Self-Consciousness

Helena María Viramontes
   "Nopalitos: The Making of Fiction"

Alice Walker
   The Temple of My Familiar

Robert Penn Warren
   New and Selected Essays

John Edgar Wideman
   Fever
   Valaida**

Malcolm X
   The Last Speeches

Related Literary Events

Donald Barthelme died.

Sterling A. Brown died.

Mary McCarthy died.

Robert Penn Warren died.

Other Literary Publications

- Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

- Terry McMillan, Disappearing Acts

- Wendy Wasserstein, The Heidi Chronicles
Half a million marchers demonstrate in Washington for pro-choice rally.

L. Douglas Wilder elected governor of Virginia; first elected African American governor.

Webster v. Reproductive Health Services: states have the right to limit abortion access.

Oliver North convicted of Iran-Contra role.

Supreme Court, in several 5–4 decisions, restricts civil rights laws.

Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega overthrown.

Supreme Court gives states authority to limit abortions.

The first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General is Antonia Novello.

Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

Manuel Luján Jr., named U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the first Hispanic appointed to this position.

President Bush signs a law to pay $20,000 to each surviving Japanese American interned during World War II.

Agreement reached between the U.S. and Vietnam that allows political prisoners to immigrate to the U.S.

Poland holds free elections for the first time since Communists came to power following World War II.

Long-time Communist political leaders are overthrown in Romania, Bulgaria, and Czechoslovakia.

The Soviet Union holds free elections for the first time since 1917.

Berlin Wall is torn down; East and West Germany begin process of unification.

United States invades Panama.

Chinese government represses democratic movement with a violent crackdown in Tiananmen Square. .

Colin Powell appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; first African American to hold this position.

Wendy Wasserstein becomes first woman to win Tony Award for Best Play with The Heidi Chronicles.

Susan Sontag, AIDS and Its Metaphors.

audio filePoetry Reading in Helsinki, 1989 (Part 2)
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