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Literary Criticism: Junior Annotated Bibliography Research Paper: "On The Rainy River": The Things They Carried

Focusing on literary databases and critques, junnior will create an annotated bibliography on a specific piece of literature through various lenses

The Things They Carried

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On the Rainy River  from The Things They Carried / Tim O'Brien

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Source Types: Literary Criticism, Reviews


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