The Devil's Dictionary

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Courier Corporation, May 20, 1993 - Fiction - 139 pages
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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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User Review  - TheBentley - LibraryThing

Provided you have a pretty firm grounding in 19th century culture, The Devil's Dictionary is great fun--arguably one of the wittiest satires to come out of an entire generation. But it's not a book to ... Read full review

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I love this little book! Bierce really had a sly way with words. Read full review

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Contents

A
1
B
8
C
13
D
21
E
27
F
33
G
41
H
46
N
84
O
86
P
90
Q
99
R
100
S
110
T
124
U
131

I
53
J
64
K
66
L
68
M
76
V
132
W
133
X
137
Z
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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.

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