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American Literature I: Beginnings through 1865

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Find literary criticism & biography

Literary Reference Center is a  great resource to use for thorough research on literary topics - writers, genres, time periods, etc.

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Most results also include the full text of primary sources -- period articles, book reviews, and interviews.
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