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On becoming a novelist by John Gardner

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Published by Harper & Row in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Fiction -- Authorship

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Edition Notes

StatementJohn Gardner ; foreword by Raymond Carver.
SeriesThe Harper & Row series on the professions
The Physical Object
Paginationxxv, 150 p. ;
Number of Pages150
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22477641M
ISBN 100060911263

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