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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1990

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Gloria Anzaldúa
   Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color, ed.

Donald Barthelme
   The King

Lorna Dee Cervantes

Judith Ortiz Cofer
   Silent Dancing

Robert Creeley
   Irving Layton and Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, ed. Ekbert Faas and Sabrina Reed

Jessica Hagedorn

Joy Harjo (Creek)
   Deer Dancer**
   In Mad Love and War
   We Must Call a Meeting**

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
   Becky and Her Friends

Gish Jen
   "What Means Switch," The Atlantic

Li-Young Lee
   My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud**
   The City in Which I Love You
   This Room and Everything in It**
   With Ruins**

Tim O'Brien
   In the Field**

Thomas Pynchon

Adrienne Rich
   Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying

Lee Smith
   Me and My Baby View the Eclipse

Gary Snyder
   The Practice of the Wild: Essays

John Updike
   Rabbit at Rest

Margaret Walker
   How I Wrote Jubilee and Other Essays on Life and Literature

James Welch (Blackfeet-Gros Ventre)
   Indian Lawyer

John Edgar Wideman
   Philadelphia Fire

James Wright
   Above the River: The Complete Poems

Karen Tei Yamashita
   Through the Arc of the Rain Forest
Comprehensive childcare legislation, Act for Better Child Care (ABC), enacted.

Congress passes the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recession begins.

President Bush and Congress agree on five-year budget-deficit reduction package.

Germany reunified; Soviet troops start withdrawal from Eastern Europe.

David H. Souter joins Supreme Court.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) signed into law by President Bush.

Daniel K. Akaka elected to the U.S. Senate; first Native Hawaiian to hold such an office.

Antonia Novello appointed U.S. Surgeon General; first woman and first Hispanic to hold that position.

Sharon Pratt Dixon becomes mayor of Washington, D.C., the first African American woman to win a mayoral election in a major U.S. city.

Clean Air Act passed; places limits on pollutant emissions.

Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait (August 2).

image file  Aaron Copland dies
Oscar Hijuelos is first Hispanic to win Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

4.7 percent of all U.S. Congressional seats are held by women.

Over three million American women work two jobs outside the home.