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On the Origin of Stories

Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674057111

Publication Date: 11/15/2010

Short

560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 halftones

Belknap Press

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Brian Boyd, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, Drama and Writing Studies, University of Auckland, is the world’s foremost authority on the works of Nabokov.

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