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"Author! Author!" : Shakespeare and biography

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In: Shakespeare, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2009, p. 122-133.

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Holderness, G. / "Author! Author!" : Shakespeare and biography. In: Shakespeare. 2009 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 122-133.

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