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."
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
Statement of Responsibility:
English language Semantics Humor
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