The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce Folio Society 2007


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The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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-guage 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.


  • Folio Society Fifth Impression No. 1159
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2007
  • Quarter Black Buckram with Printed Marble Paper SidesHardback, 365 pp
  • Illustrated in b/w by Peter Forster
  • Size 185 x120mm, 700g

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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