The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary

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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, religion, 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-gauge 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 125 x 210 x 9mm | 125g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486275426
  • 9780486275420
  • 7,990

About Ambrose Bierce

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.
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