English poetry and prose, 1540-1674
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Published by Penguin Books in London, New York .
Written in English


  • English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism,
  • English prose literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism

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Edition Notes

Statementedited by Christopher Ricks.
SeriesPenguin history of literature ;, 2
ContributionsRicks, Christopher B.
LC ClassificationsPR533 .E5 1993
The Physical Object
Pagination468 p. ;
Number of Pages468
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1231303M
ISBN 100140177523
LC Control Number94233225

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