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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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Eighty-five hours with Mr. Proust

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The literary corpse

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Two writers in search of an audience

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The hope of satire

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The namedroppers’ ball

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Finding Elias Canetti

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The variety of short stories

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A search for meaning

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Writing about science for laymen

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