The movement of Thoreau"s prose
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The movement of Thoreau"s prose by John C. Broderick

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Published by s.n. in United States? .
Written in English

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Edition Notes

Reprinted from American Literature, vol. XXXIII, no 2, May, 1961.

Statementby John C Broderick
LC ClassificationsPS3552.R6195 M68 1988
The Physical Object
Pagination133-142 p. ;
Number of Pages142
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25017026M
LC Control Number2010398294

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