The Devil s Dictionary

A sharp-tongued, quick-witted dictionary with a difference from the much-loved, insolent and courageous Ambrose Bierce

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

ISBN: 0747594104

Category: English language

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A word book, straight up, with a twist, The Devil's Dictionary is an American classic. A Yankee Oscar Wilde with a wicked edge to his tongue, Ambrose Bierce, friend and rival of Mark Twain was one of America's first great writers and journalists. His razor-sharp wit and underlying rage against hypocrisy are perfectly complemented by Ralph Steadman's equally incisive pen-and-ink illustrations.
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The Devils Dictionary

" We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 172247369X

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The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce "I mean to fall to earth," said he. The west wind, rising, made him veer. "Eastward," said he, "I now shall steer." The east wind rose with greater force. Said he: "'Twere wise to change my course." With equal power they contend. He said: "My judgment I suspend." We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience.
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The Unabridged Devil s Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. This unabridged edition will be celebrated by humor fans and word lovers everywhere.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820324012

Category: Humor

Page: 404

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If we could only put aside our civil pose and say what we really thought, the world would be a lot like the one alluded to in The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. There, a bore is “a person who talks when you wish him to listen,” and happiness is “an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.” This is the most comprehensive, authoritative edition ever of Ambrose Bierce’s satiric masterpiece. It renders obsolete all other versions that have appeared in the book’s ninety-year history. A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth. This new edition is based on David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi’s exhaustive investigation into the book’s writing and publishing history. All of Bierce’s known satiric definitions are here, including previously uncollected, unpublished, and alternative entries. Definitions dropped from previous editions have been restored while nearly two hundred wrongly attributed to Bierce have been excised. For dedicated Bierce readers, an introduction and notes are also included. Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. This unabridged edition will be celebrated by humor fans and word lovers everywhere.
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The Devil s Dictionary Tales Memoirs

Features a collection of the most celebrated and significant writings from the Civil War veteran and San Francisco literary figure.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher:

ISBN: 1598531026

Category: Fiction

Page: 880

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Features a collection of the most celebrated and significant writings from the Civil War veteran and San Francisco literary figure.
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The Enlarged Devil s Dictionary

This little book presents a selection from The Devil's Dictionary, long enough to provoke thoughtful smiles, short enough to avoid tedium.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 0141185929

Category: English language

Page: 323

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The Devil's Dictionary, begun as a weekly column when Bierce was a journalist, and developed into a full-scale satire, is, as he says, a punishment for rascals. Bierce became known as the 'laughing devil' of the San Francisco news media and his lampoons on religion, marriage, politics and society made him both the literary delight and the dreaded scourge of the whole Pacific coast. Written with wit, rather than humour, to be savoured by those 'enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment', The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary demonstrates that if Mark Twain was the great satirist of Southern life, Ambrose Bierce was his equal in the West.
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The Devils Dictionary Large Print

Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added the distinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word 'cynic' into disfavor so deep that any book bearing it was discredited in advance of publication.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1497580056

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The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve. To quote the publishers of the present work: "This more reverent title had previously been forced upon him by the religious scruples of the last newspaper in which a part of the work had appeared, with the natural consequence that when it came out in covers the country already had been flooded by its imitators with a score of 'cynic' books-The Cynic's This, The Cynic's That, and The Cynic's t'Other. Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added the distinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word 'cynic' into disfavor so deep that any book bearing it was discredited in advance of publication." Meantime, too, some of the enterprising humorists of the country had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs, and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases and so forth, had become more or less current in popular speech. This explanation is made, not with any pride of priority in trifles, but in simple denial of possible charges of plagiarism, which is no trifle. In merely resuming his own the author hopes to be held guiltless by those to whom the work is addressed-enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humor and clean English to slang. A conspicuous, and it is hoped not unpleasant, feature of the book is its abundant illustrative quotations from eminent poets, chief of whom is that learned and ingenius cleric, Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J., whose lines bear his initials. To Father Jape's kindly encouragement and assistance the author of the prose text is greatly indebted. A.B.
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The Devils Dictionary

ABASEMENT, n. A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth or power. Peculiarly appropriate in an employee when addressing an employer.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

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ISBN: 9798740706573

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ABASEMENT, n. A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth or power. Peculiarly appropriate in an employee when addressing an employer.
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The Devil s Dictionary

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1518677061

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Page: 230

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce".
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The Metamorphosis

Traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature.

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Gottfried & Fritz

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 100

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Traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, but Gregor must attempt to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become
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The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

Treasury of ninety-three short works includes horror stories, realistic narratives of war, and tall tales of the old West

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803260717

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Treasury of ninety-three short works includes horror stories, realistic narratives of war, and tall tales of the old West
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The Devil s Dictionary

That night earth range with sounds of strife– Ten million males each had a wife; That night sweet Peace her pinions spread O'er Hell – ten million devils dead! G.J. FIB, n. A lie that has not cut its teeth. An habitual liar's nearest ...

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781442923942

Category: Education

Page: 496

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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce is well known to readers as a master of the short story and the author of The Devil's Dictionary (1906).

Author: S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015043414245

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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Ambrose Bierce is well known to readers as a master of the short story and the author of The Devil's Dictionary (1906). But, in his own day, Bierce was best known as a prolific and fearless journalist who wrote thousands of articles for newspapers and magazines during a 40 year career. This bibliography is the first to attempt an exhaustive catalog of Bierce's entire body of published work. Included are chapters for separate publications by Bierce, such as books; his numerous contributions to magazines, newspapers, and collections; reprints of his works; and manuscript holdings. Entries for individual items appear in each chapter, and access is facilitated through title, name, and periodical indexes.
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The Devil s DP Dictionary

Satirical definitions accompany a wide assortment of terms associated with data processing

Author: Stan Kelly-Bootle

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media

ISBN: UOM:39015013034148

Category: Reference

Page: 141

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Satirical definitions accompany a wide assortment of terms associated with data processing
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Ambrose Bierce The Devil s Dictionary Tales Memoirs LOA 219

The Devil's Dictionary / Bits of Autobiography / selected stories Ambrose Bierce S.T. Joshi. churches, three entirely distinct deities consistent with only one. Subordinate deities of the polytheistic faith, such as devils and angels, ...

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598531831

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

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A veteran of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, Ambrose Bierce went on to become one of the darkest and most death haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This volume gathers the most celebrated and significant of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of Life (Tales of Soldiers and Civilians), his collection of short fiction about the Civil War, which includes the masterpieces "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic sense of the horror and randomness of war. Can Such Things Be? brings together "The Death of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and other tales of terror that make Bierce the genre's most significant American practitioner between Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the brilliant lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce worked for decades, displays to the full his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the series of memoirs that includes the memorable "What I Saw of Shiloh," he recreates his experiences in the war and its aftermath. The volume is rounded out with a selection of his best uncollected stories. Acclaimed Bierce scholar S. T. Joshi provides detailed notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's life and mysterious disappearance. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
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The Devil s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce Delphi Classics Illustrated

That night earth range with sounds of strife — Ten million males each had a wife; That night sweet Peace her pinions spread O'er Hell — ten million devils dead! –G.J. FIB, n. A lie that has not cut its teeth. An habitual liar's nearest ...

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 9781786564429

Category: Fiction

Page: 191

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This eBook features the unabridged text of ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ from the bestselling edition of ‘The Complete Works of Ambrose Bierce’. Having established their name as the leading publisher of classic literature and art, Delphi Classics produce publications that are individually crafted with superior formatting, while introducing many rare texts for the first time in digital print. The Delphi Classics edition of Bierce includes original annotations and illustrations relating to the life and works of the author, as well as individual tables of contents, allowing you to navigate eBooks quickly and easily. eBook features: * The complete unabridged text of ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ * Beautifully illustrated with images related to Bierce’s works * Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around the eBook * Excellent formatting of the textPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to learn more about our wide range of titles
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The Unabridged Devil s Dictionary

lasted only six installments through 5 February, ending with the word “Rye,” and that after a month's hiatus, Bierce resumed publishing dictionary definitions beginning on 5 March, now calling the column “The Devil's Dictionary” and ...

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820326348

Category: Humor

Page: 440

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If we could only put aside our civil pose and say what we really thought, the world would be a lot like the one alluded to in The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. There, a bore is "a person who talks when you wish him to listen," and happiness is "an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another." This is the most comprehensive, authoritative edition ever of Ambrose Bierce’s satiric masterpiece. It renders obsolete all other versions that have appeared in the book’s ninety-year history. A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth. This new edition is based on David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi’s exhaustive investigation into the book’s writing and publishing history. All of Bierce’s known satiric definitions are here, including previously uncollected, unpublished, and alternative entries. Definitions dropped from previous editions have been restored while nearly two hundred wrongly attributed to Bierce have been excised. For dedicated Bierce readers, an introduction and notes are also included. Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. This unabridged edition will be celebrated by humor fans and word lovers everywhere.
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Dictionary of the Undoing

For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough.

Author: John Freeman

Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals

ISBN: 0374538859

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and the sense of community and collective conviction felt right. But the assaults continued—on citizens’ rights and long-held compacts, on the core principles of our culture and civilization, and on our language itself. Words seemed to be losing the meanings they once had and Freeman was compelled to return to their defense. The result is his Dictionary of the Undoing. From A to Z, “Agitate” to “Zygote,” Freeman assembled the words that felt most essential, most potent, and began to build a case for their renewed power and authority, each word building on the last. The message that emerged was not to retreat behind books, but to emphatically engage in the public sphere, to redefine what it means to be a literary citizen. With an afterword by Valeria Luiselli, Dictionary of the Undoing is a necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world.
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