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Flawed Light American Women Poets and Alcohol by Brett Candlish Millier
  

Flawed Light American Women Poets and Alcohol

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Flawed Light American Women Poets and Alcohol by Brett Candlish Millier

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Recommended. --Choice


About the Author

Brett C. Millier is Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature at Middlebury College and the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It and other works.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th August 2009

Author

Brett Candlish Millier

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Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Format

Hardback
168 pages

Categories

Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9780252034619

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