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. For example:
Congratulation - The civility of envy.Coward - One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.Historian - A broad-gauge gossip.Me - The objectionable case of I.
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 HL Mencken called "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language.
This unabridged book is a republication of the edition published by the Neale Publishing Company in 1911. There are 144 pages in this 5-3/16 by 8-1/4 inch paperback.
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