The Other Interesting Narrative: Olaudah Equiano's Public Book Tour

  title={The Other Interesting Narrative: Olaudah Equiano's Public Book Tour},
  author={John Bugg},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={1424 - 1442}
  • John Bugg
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
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