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The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
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A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, this dictionary offers 1600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Ambrose Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our failings and excesses to shine forth. This is the most extensively annotated edition of a work by Bierce ever published, and the first edition of ""The Devil's Dictionary"" to provide detailed bibliographical information for every entry.
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AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America's most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables, poems, and sketches, he was a popular columnist and wrote for several San Francisco and London newspapers during his forty-year journalism career. DAVID E. SCHULTZ is a technical editor. He is coeditor, with S. T. Joshi, of both A Sole Survivor, a collection of Bierce autobiographical writings, and Lord of a Visible World, an autobiography-in-letters of H. P. Lovecraft. S. T. JOSHI is a freelance writer and editor. He is the editor of The Collected Fables of Ambrose Bierce and author of H. P. Lovecraft: A Life.

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"This carefully edited manuscript will add immeasurably to Bierce studies."--Joseph B. McCullough, University of Nevada-Las Vegas "Splendidly produced."--"London Times Literary Supplement" "A compilation of all of Bierce's satirical definitions published over a forty-year period, this latest version of the "Dictionary" ('A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic') merits a wide readership both within and without the Academy ('A modern school where football is taught')."--"American Literary Review" "Most readers and biographers have agreed with Schultz and Joshi that "The Devil's Dictionary" is 'quintessential Bierce.' For the serious student of Bierce's diabolical lexicon, their beautiful new edition . . . will be a delight."--"Sewanee Review" "Bierce was America's first realist writer, but, unlike realism's later practitioners, he knew something about reality it's really funny."--P.J. O'Rourke" "This is a work of genuinely impressive scholarship and will undoubtedly become the authoritative text for Bierce s "Devil s Dictionary.""--Thomas V. Quirk, University of Missouri-Columbia" A compilation of all of Bierce's satirical definitions published over a forty-year period, this latest version of the "Dictionary" ('A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic') merits a wide readership both within and without the Academy ('A modern school where football is taught'). --"American Literary Review"" Most readers and biographers have agreed with Schultz and Joshi that "The Devil's Dictionary" is 'quintessential Bierce.' For the serious student of Bierce's diabolical lexicon, their beautiful new edition . . . will be a delight.--"Sewanee Review" A compilation of all of Bierce's satirical definitions published over a forty-year period, this latest version of the "Dictionary" ('A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic') merits a wide readership both within and without the Academy ('A modern school where football is taught').--"American Literary Review" Splendidly produced.--"London Times Literary Supplement" This is a work of genuinely impressive scholarship and will undoubtedly become the authoritative text for Bierce's "Devil's Dictionary."--Thomas V. Quirk "University of Missouri-Columbia " This carefully edited manuscript will add immeasurably to Bierce studies.--Joseph B. McCullough "University of Nevada-Las Vegas " Bierce was America's first realist writer, but, unlike realism's later practitioners, he knew something about reality--it's really funny.--P. J. O'Rourke

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