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Published by B. Franklin in New York .
Written in English


  • American fiction -- History and criticism.,
  • Utopias in literature.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Statementedited by Kenneth M. Roemer.
SeriesAmerican cultural heritage series ;, 5
ContributionsRoemer, Kenneth M., 1945-
LC ClassificationsPS374.U8 A47
The Physical Object
Paginationvi, 410 p. ;
Number of Pages410
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4420327M
ISBN 100891021698
LC Control Number79024626

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