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."
Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?
The devil's dictionary
New York : Dover Publications, 1993
139 p. ; 21 cm
"An unabridged republication of the work originally published as volume VII of The collected works of Ambrose Bierce in 1911 by the Neale Publishing Company, New York"--T.p. verso
Branch Call Number:
PS1097 .D4 1993
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