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'Chateaubriand ou rien, Hugo et tout': contemplating the poet’s posterity

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'Chateaubriand ou rien, Hugo et tout' : contemplating the poet’s posterity. / Stephens, Bradley.

In: Dix-Neuf, Vol. 20, No. 3-4, 12.2016, p. 229-240.

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