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Published by Northwestern University Press in [Evanston, Ill.] .
Written in English


Book details:

Edition Notes

Limited ed. of 400 copies, of which 100 are numbered and signed by the author.

Statementby William H. Gass. Designed by Lawrence Levy. Photography by Burton L. Rudman.
SeriesTriQuarterly supplement no. 2, Tri-quarterly -- no. 2.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPS3557.A845 W5 1968
The Physical Object
Pagination[63] p.
Number of Pages63
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17753775M

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