Understanding Ron Rash / John Lang.

"In this first book-length study of Ron Rash's fiction and poetry, John Lang explores the nature and scope of Rash's achievements, introducing readers to the major themes and stylistic features of his work as well as the literary and cultural influences that shaped it. After a brief s...

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Main Author: Lang, John, 1947- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2014]
Series:Understanding contemporary American literature.
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504 |a Includes bibliographical references and index. 
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