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"[B]iographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres." [Publisher]
The history and current understanding of major concepts and ideas, such as communism, linguistics, physics, postmodernism, deconstruction, and post-colonialism.
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