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National Melancholy Mourning and Opportunity in Classic American Literature by Mitchell Breitwieser

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Published by Stanford University Press .
Written in English


  • Literary studies: general,
  • Literary Criticism,
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism,
  • USA,
  • American - General,
  • Literary Criticism & Collections / American,
  • American literature,
  • History and criticism,
  • Melancholy in literature,
  • National characteristics, American, in literature

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages336
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7930234M
ISBN 100804755817
ISBN 109780804755818

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