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Unrivaled diversity and teachability have made The Heath Anthology a best-selling text since the publication of its first edition in 1989. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, The Heath Anthology continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers and to build upon the anthology's other strengths: its apparatus and its ancillaries. Available in five volumes for greater flexibility, the Fifth Edition offers new thematic clusters to stimulate classroom discussions and to show the treatment of important topics across the genres. The indispensable web site includes revised timelines, a multimedia gallery to support thematic clusters, and a searchable Instructor's Guide.
Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.
Richard Yarborough is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. His work focuses on African American literature and on the construction of race in U.S. culture. He directs the University Press of New England's Library of Black Literature series.
Dr. Bryer is an expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald and is president of the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. He was an editor of DEAR SCOTT, DEAREST ZELDA: THE LOVE LETTERS OF F. SCOTT AND ZELDA FITZGERALD (Macmillan).
Dr. Cheung received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has specialized in Asian-American literature.
Contemporary Period: 1945 to the Present Earlier Generations: Cold War Culture and Its Discontents Ann Petry (1908-1997) The Witness Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze Root Cellar Big Wind from The Lost Son: 1. The Flight; 4. The Return; 5. It was beginning winter. from Meditations of an Old Woman: First Meditation; from Fourth Meditation. Elegy My Papa's Waltz Eudora Welty (1909-2002) The Wide Net Charles Olson (1910-1970) The Kingfishers For Sappho, Back I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You Maximus, to himself Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) The Fish The Man-Moth At the Fishhouses Filling Station Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) Portrait of a Madonna Tillie Lerner Olsen (b. 1913) Tell Me a Riddle Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) Absalom The Minotaur Rite The Poem as Mask Martin Luther King, Malcolm X How We Did It Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956) America Is in the Heart: from Chapter XIII; from Chapter XIV. Robert Hayden (1913-1980) Tour 5 Those Winter Sundays Summertime and the Living. . . Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) The Magic Barrel Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994) A Party Down at the Square Flying Home Brave Words for a Startling Occasion Arthur Miller (b. 1915) The Crucible Saul Bellow (b. 1915) Looking for Mr. Green Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith The Mother We Real Cool A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmet Till Ulysses Robert Lowell, Jr. (1917-1977) Memories of West Street and Lepke Skunk Hour For Theodore Roethke For the Union Dead Near the Ocean Hisaye Yamamoto (b. 1921) Seventeen Syllables Grace Paley (b. 1922) The Expensive Moment John Okada (1923-1971) from No-No Boy: Chapter 6. James Baldwin (1924-1987) Sonny's Blues Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) A Good Man Is Hard to Find A Sheaf of Poetry and Prose from the Beat Movement Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) A Supermarket in California Howl America Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) The Vanishing American Hobo Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) I Am Waiting Dove Sta Amore. . . The Old Italians Dying Brenda (Bonnie) Frazer (b. 1939) from Troia: Mexican Memoirs Joyce Johnson (b. 1934) from Door Wide Open from Minor Characters Gary Snyder (b. 1930) Riprap Vapor Trails Wave It Was When Malcolm X (1925-1965) from The Autobiography of Malcolm X: from Chapter 19: 1965. Robert Creeley (b. 1926) Hart Crane I Know a Man For Love Words America Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) My Heart The Day Lady Died Why I Am Not a Painter Poem John Ashbery (b. 1927) The Instruction Manual Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape As You Came from the Holy Land Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928) The Shawl Edward Albee (b. 1928) The Sand Box Anne Sexton (1928-1974) Her Kind Housewife Young Somewhere in Africa Paule Marshall (b. 1929) To Da-Duh, in Memoriam Adrienne Rich (b. 1929) Diving into the Wreck From a Survivor Power Not Somewhere Else, but Here Coast to Coast Frame Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) For a Fatherless Son Daddy Lady Lazarus Stings Fever 103 Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) I Have a Dream New Generations: Postmodernity and Difference Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. 1929) Sometimes It Just Happens That Way; That's All John Barth (b. 1930) Lost in the Funhouse A Sheaf of Vietnam Conflict Poetry and Prose Michael Herr (b. 1940) from Dispatches Tim O'Brien (b. 1946) In the Field Norman Mailer (b. 1923) from The Armies of the Night Robert Bly (b. 1926) Counting Small-Boned Bodies The Teeth Mother Naked at Last Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947) Tu Do Street Prisoners Thanks Facing It Fog Galleon Denise Levertov (1923-1997) Illustrious Ancestors A Solitude Making Peace A Woman Alone The May Mornings Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) At the End of the Mechanical Age Toni Morrison (b. 1931) Recitatif John Updike (b. 1932) Trust Me Ernest J. Gaines (b. 1933) The Sky Is Gray N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) (b. 1934) from The Way To Rainy Mountain: Headwaters; Prologue; From the Introduction; IV; XVI; XVII; XXIV; Epilogue; Rainy Mountain Cemetery. Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Power Walking Our Boundaries Never Take Fire from a Woman The Art of Response Stations The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (b. 1934) An Agony. As now. Ka 'Ba Black People: This Is Our Destiny A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand Numbers, Letters Dutchman Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934) to blk/record/buyers Masks Just Don't Never Give Up on Love A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Father and Daughter Tomas Rivera (1935-1984) from. . .y no se lo trago la tierra/ And the Earth Did Not Devour Him Lucille Clifton (b. 1936) the thirty eighth year i am accused of tending to the past at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989 reply in white america June Jordan (b. 1936) Poem About My Rights To Free Nelson Mandela Moving Towards Home Rudolfo A. Anaya (b. 1937) from Bless Me, Ultima: Dieciocho. Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937) Entropy Nicholasa Mohr (b. 1938) from Rituals of Survival Raymond Carver (1938-1988) from Cathedral: A Small Good Thing. Lawson Fusao Inada (b. 1938) Instructions to All Persons Two Variations on a Theme by Thelonius Monk as Inspired by Mal Waldron: Introduction: Monk's Prosody; I. Blue Monk (linear); II. Blue Monk (percussive). Kicking the Habit On Being Asian American Michael S. Harper (b. 1938) Song: I Want a Witness Nightmare Begins Responsibility Here Where Coltrane Is A Narrative of the Life and Times of John Coltrane: Played by Himself Camp Story Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Ishmael Reed (b. 1938) I am a cowboy in the boat of Ra Flight to Canada Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995) The Lesson Frank Chin (b. 1940) Railroad Standard Time Cluster: Prison Literature Etheridge Knight (1931-1991): The Idea of Ancestry; The Violent Space (or when your sister sleeps around for money); Ilu, the Talking Drum; A Poem for Myself (or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy). Jimmy Santiago Baca (b. 1952): I've Taken Risks; I Put on My Jacket; Commitment; Ghost Reading in Sacramento. Kathy Boudin (b. 1943): The Call; Our Skirt; A Trilogy of Journeys. Leonard Peltier (b. 1944): from Prison Writings. Judee Norton (b. 1949): Norton #59900. James Welch (Blackfeet-Gros Ventre) (b. 1940) from Winter in the Blood Bharati Mukherjee (b. 1940) A Wife's Story Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940) No Name Woman Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940) Airwaves Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) (b. 1941) from Sand Creek John Edgar Wideman (b. 1941) Valaida Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004) from Borderlands/ La Frontera: 3. Entering into the Serpent; 7. La conciencia de la mestiza/ Toward a New Consciousness. Janice Mirikitani (b. 1942) For My Father Desert Flowers Breaking Tradition Recipe Pat Mora (b. 1942) Border Town: 1938 Unnatural Speech University Avenue James Alan McPherson (b. 1943) A Solo Song: For Doc Lee Smith (b. 1944) The Bubba Stories Pedro Pietri (1944-2004) Puerto Rican Obituary Traffic Violations Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944) from The Hunger of Memory Alice Walker (b. 1944) Laurel Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna) (b. 1948) Lullaby Wendy Rose (Hopi) (b. 1948) Throat Song: The Rotating Earth Loo-wit To the Hopi in Richmond (Santa Fe Indian Village) If I Am Too Brown or Too White for You Story Keeper Julia Sandra Maria Esteves (b. 1948) and Luz Maria Umpierre (b. 1947): A Poetry Exchange A la Mujer Borrinquena (Esteves) In Response (Umpierre) So Your Name Isn't Maria Cristina (Esteves) Music d'Orsay (Umpierre) Jessica Hagedorn (b. 1949) The Blossoming of BongBong The Death of Anna May Wong Filipino Boogie Homesick Vulva Operetta Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) Don't Tell Me You Don't Know Victor Hernandez Cruz (b. 1949) urban dream Mountain Building Table of Contents Carolyn Forche (b. 1950) from The Country Between Us: The Colonel. Because One Is Always Forgotten As Children Together from The Recording Angel Elegy Paula Vogel (b. 1951) How I Learned to Drive Karen Tei Yamashita (b. 1951) from Tropic of Orange: 2. Benefits--Koreatown. Garrett Kaoru Hongo (b. 1951) Yellow Light Off from Swing Shift Who Among You Knows the Essence of Garlic? And Your Soul Shall Dance The Unreal Dwelling: My Years in Volcano Joy Harjo (Creek) (b. 1951) The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window New Orleans Remember Vision Anchorage Deer Dancer We Must Call a Meeting Tato Laveria (b. 1951) frio AmeRican Latero Story Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952) Claims The Woman Who Was Left at the Altar My Father in the Navy: A Childhood Memory En Mis Ojos No Hay Dias Latin Women Pray Rita Dove (b. 1952) Kentucky, 1833 Ö Daystar The Oriental Ballerina Naimi Shihab Nye (b. 1952) Ducks Different Ways to Pray My Father and the Figtree Blood Where the Soft Air Lives Gary Soto (b. 1952) Braly Street The Cellar Mexicans Begin Jogging Black Hair Kearney Park Rane Arroyo (b. 1953) My Transvestite Uncle Is Missing Caribbean Braille Write What You Know That Flag Louise Erdrich (b. 1954) from Love Medicine: Saint Marie (1934). Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954) Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe in the War Between Races Macho Bananas Helena Maria Viramontes (b. 1954) The Cariboo Cafe Aurora Levins Morales (b. 1954) Child of the Americas Puertoricanness Heart of My Heart, Bone of My Bone Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954) Eleven Gish Jen (b. 1955) In the American Society Kimiko Hahn (b. 1955) Strands Resistance: A Poem on Ikat Cloth Cuttings Li-Young Lee (b. 1957) I Ask My Mother to Sing My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud With Ruins This Room and Everything in It David Foster Wallace (b. 1962) The Devil Is a Busy Man Chang-Rae Lee (b.1965) Coming Home Again Sherman Alexie (b. 1966) Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock Edwidge Danticat (b. 1969) New York Day Women Minh Duc Nguyen (b. 1972) Tale of Apricot