The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary

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By (author) Ambrose Bierce

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 10mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486275426
  • ISBN 13: 9780486275420
  • Edition: 25, New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 13,614

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Born in Ohio in 1842, journalist, short-story writer and critic Ambrose Bierce developed into one of this country's most celebrated and cynical wits - a merciless "American Swift" whose literary barbs were aimed at folly, self-delusion, politics, business, reliegion, literature and the arts. In this splendid "dictionary" of epigrams, essays, verses and vignettes, you'll find over 1,000 pointed definitions, e.g. Congratulation ("The civility of envy"), Coward ("One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs") and Historian ("A broad-guage gossip"). Anyone who likes to laugh will love "the Devil's Dictionary." Anyone looking for a bon mot to enliven their next speech, paper or conversation will have a field day thumbing through what H.L. Mencken called "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."

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Journalist, short story writer, and satirist Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) was equally adept in a variety of genres, from ghost stories to poetry to political commentary. Bierce's fiction is particularly distinguished by its realistic depictions of the author's Civil War experiences.