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Domestic Disappointments: Feminine Middlebrow Fiction of the Interwar Years

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Domestic Disappointments: Feminine Middlebrow Fiction of the Interwar Years. / Hinds, Hilary.

In: Home Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 2, 07.2009, p. 199-211.

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Hinds H. Domestic Disappointments: Feminine Middlebrow Fiction of the Interwar Years. Home Cultures. 2009 Jul;6(2):199-211. doi: 10.2752/175174209X416607

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Hinds, Hilary. / Domestic Disappointments: Feminine Middlebrow Fiction of the Interwar Years. In: Home Cultures. 2009 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 199-211.

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