The Deluxe Transitive Vampire

A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed


Hardcover published by Pantheon (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

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Playful and practical, this is the style book you can't wait to use, a guide that addresses classic questions of English usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.
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Playful and practical, this is the style book you can't wait to use, a guide that addresses classic questions of English usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Product Details
Hardcover (192 pages)
Published: August 10, 1993
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780679418603
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