Women and Sexuality in the Novels of Thomas Hardy

by Rosemarie Morgan
Publisher: Routledge
Release Date: 2006-04-07
Genre: Literary Criticism
Pages: 224 pages
ISBN 13: 1134931530
ISBN 10: 9781134931538
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First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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