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The melodramatic imagination Balzac, Henry James, melodrama, and the mode of excess : with a new preface by Peter Brooks

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Published by Yale University Press in New Haven .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Balzac, Honoré de, -- 1799-1850 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • James, Henry, -- 1843-1916 -- Criticism and interpretation,
  • Melodrama,
  • Romanticism,
  • Fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementPeter Brooks
The Physical Object
Paginationxx, 235 p. ;
Number of Pages235
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16832412M
ISBN 100300065531

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