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The Devil's Dictionary (original 1906; edition 1999)

by Ambrose Bierce, Roy Morris Jr.

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Title:The Devil's Dictionary
Authors:Ambrose Bierce
Other authors:Roy Morris Jr.
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (1999), Paperback, 256 pages
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The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (1906)


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I've got the Folio edition, bookcased ( )
  AntonioGallo | Jun 8, 2014 |
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 cover to cover. Keep it in your bathroom--or put it in your guest bedroom to help you weed out friends who don't have a sense of humor! ( )
  TheBentley | Apr 23, 2013 |
Classic. Unfailingly hilarious. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
This is an irreverent literary foray from a curmudgeon who lived an adventurous life. His civil war experience was put to good use in his stories. His journalistic career lasted until 1913 when, at the age of seventy-one, he left for Mexico and was never heard from again. Fortunately he left behind this book of cynical and satirical definitions that show off the underside of humanity. Some definitions are short essays while others provide an opportunity for Bierce to display some verse. He even included some brief dialogues as demonstration of the definition when it took his fancy.
Charmingly eccentric these definitions often lay bare the truth of human foibles. I find them worth reading and rereading as a reminder of what makes some of us tick. ( )
  jwhenderson | Mar 23, 2013 |
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Forster, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kington, MilesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Abasement, n. A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth or power.
Accord, n. Harmony. Accordion, n. An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.

To men a man is but a mind. Who cares
What face he carries or what form he wears?
But woman's body is the woman. O,
Stay thou, my sweetheart, and do never go,
But heed the warning words the sage hath said:
A woman absent is a woman dead.

Jogo Tyree
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The Devil's Dictionary, The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary, and The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary are separate works. Please do not combine.
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Over 1,000 barbed and brilliant definitions by the 19th-century journalist and satirist often called "the American Swift." Congratulations are "the civility of envy." A coward is "one who in an emergency thinks with his legs." A historian is a "broad-gauge gossip," more. H. L. Mencken called these "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."

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This unabridged edition is full of razor sharp wit and scathing aphorisms.Humour.

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