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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1992

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1991
1993
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1992
Rudolfo A. Anaya
   Alburquerque
   Matachines (play)

Raymond Carver
   No Heroics, Please: Uncollected Writings

Rita Dove
   Through the Ivory Gate

Jessica Hagedorn
   Homesick**
   Vulva Operetta**

Kimiko Hahn
   Earshot
   Strands**

Lawson Inada
   Instructions to All Persons**
   Kicking the Habit**
   On Being Asian American**
   Two Variations on a Theme by Thelonius Monk As Inspired by Mal Waldron**

June Jordan
   Technical Difficulties: African-American Notes on the State of the Union

Denise Levertov
   Evening Train
   New and Selected Essays

Audre Lorde
   A Burst of Light: Essays
   Undersong: Chosen Poems, Old and New

Mary McCarthy
   Intellectual Memoirs: New York 1936-1938

D'Arcy McNickle
   The Hawk is Hungry and Other Stories

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa)
   In the Presence of the Sun

Pat Mora
   A Birthday Basket for Tia

Toni Morrison
   Jazz
   Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

Joyce Carol Oates
   Black Water

Cynthia Ozick
   Epodes: First Poems

Ishmael Reed
   Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology, ed.

Lee Smith
   Devil's Dream

John Updike
   Memories of the Ford Administration

Helena Marķa Viramontes
   "Tears on My Pillow"

Alice Walker
   Possessing the Secret of Joy

John Edgar Wideman
   The Stories of John Edgar Wideman

Karen Tei Yamashita
   Brazil Maru

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