Great Expectations: "The Ghost of a Man's Own Father" Author(s): Lawrence Jay Dessner Source: PMLA, Vol. 91, No. 3 (May, 1976), pp. 436-449 Published by: Modern Language Association Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/461693 . Accessed: 28/04/2011 01:18
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