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Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford, New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

Places:

  • United States

Subjects:

  • American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism,
  • Occultism -- United States -- History -- 19th century,
  • American literature -- European influences,
  • Transcendentalism (New England),
  • Occultism in literature,
  • United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (217-230) and index.

StatementArthur Versluis.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPS217.O33 V47 2001
The Physical Object
Pagination234 p. ;
Number of Pages234
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6780348M
ISBN 100195138872
LC Control Number00026124

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