- Series: Karen & Michael Braziller Books
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Persea; 1 edition (April 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892554231
- ISBN-13: 978-0892554232
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plath, Pessoa, Wolfe, Styron, Sexton, Anne Carson, Donald Justice, Jack Gilbert. To See The Queen joins the melancholy beauties of our time, nestles among them, fights to dig out of it all.”
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