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Lunacy and the arrangement of books

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The letter of recommendation as a social force and literary genre

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The perils of the fictional debut

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Lots of mots

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Eighty-five hours with Mr. Proust

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Mysteries for the misbegotten

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The literary corpse

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Here be dragons

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Two writers in search of an audience

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Juvenalia et alia

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The hope of satire

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