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The Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780486275420 (0486275426)
ASIN: 486275426
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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Mike's Reviews
Mike's Reviews rated it
4.5 'The Devil's Dictionary' by Ambrose Bierce (1911)
Ambrose Bierce, The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary (London: Penguin Classics, 2001), 324pp Probably one of the most quotable books ever written, The Devil's Dictionary is a gold mine of wit. In essence, it provides amusingly cynical and wry definitions of words. Admittedly, it doesn't always pull it ...
Covered In Rust
Covered In Rust rated it
Reading this book came about after I learned about dailylit.com. I was browsing their selection and saw Bierce’s name. A friend had recommended his horror stories to me years ago but I’d never gotten around to reading any of them. The Devil’s Dictionary is not scary at all but satire at its best.Bie...
Books with a Beu
Books with a Beu rated it
3.0 The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
I recall seeing blurbs from this in email taglines and referenced in many other places throughout the years, so I figured I should finally read the whole thing, cover to cover. Although it is clever in places, it is also dated, both in language and in allusions. This may explain why it is only quo...
Traveller
Traveller rated it
Although the book is great fun, perhaps not so much to a jaded 21st century mind as it must have been when the book was first published. Sorry if I sound a bit crabby compared to the glowing 5-star reviews before this one, but although witty, I just don't find this the wittiest ever, which would ha...
Gypsy Librarian on Books
Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
4.0 The Devil's Dictionary
This little book is certainly one that must be read. If nothing else, a lot of the definitions that Bierce coined back in his day are very relevant today. There is a blend of cynicism and dark humor in the work. I don't recall now who recommended the book to me; I know it was one of my online friend...
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