Rethinking Reform Comedies : Colley Cibber's Desiring Women. / McGirr, Elaine M.

In: Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2013, p. 385-397.

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Rethinking Reform Comedies : Colley Cibber's Desiring Women. / McGirr, Elaine M.

In: Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2013, p. 385-397.

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McGirr, Elaine M. / Rethinking Reform Comedies : Colley Cibber's Desiring Women. In: Eighteenth-Century Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 46, No. 3. pp. 385-397.

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