The Devil's Dictionary: A Reference, Satire, Humor Classic By Ambrose Bierce! AAA+++ [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Devil's Dictionary: A Reference, Satire, Humor Classic By Ambrose Bierce! AAA+++

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Overview

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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."
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  • BN ID: 2940014323161
  • Publisher: BDP
  • Publication date: 3/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 196 KB

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Historic Handbook of Sarcasm and A Compendium to a Thesaurus.

    The Devil's Dictionary is required reading for the student of sarcasm and humor. It was written by a bitter intellectual, at a time in history when North America had its share of major problems and the rest of the world was getting closer to facing disasters of every type. Ambrose Bierce was a romantic realist, dissatisfied with politics, with authority, with human nature, with art, but still a believer in all those things. He was the forerunner of European intellectualism, one of the first cult figures in literary history and an inspiration to generations of Don Quijotes as well as the dadaists, existentialists and absurdists of the twentieth century.

    I strongly believe that writers, politicians and people desiring to be interesting conversationalists will benefit from having this small book nearby.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    Devilishly Funny

    The Devil's Dictionary / 978-1-411-43027-3 DICTIONARY, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work. This "dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce is witty, scathing, and totally hilarious. In his characteristic style, he dishes out his contempt and distaste for those societal norms which he sees as foolish, hypocritical, and dangerous. This is not a book to read, but - truly - a dictionary to reference whenever the mood takes. The aphorisms ring true, even today, and the only real complaint is that we would wish for so much more - the dictionary is "only" 219 pages long, and while that is quiet a fair lot of words, oh, we wish he could have left us even more... ~ Ana Mardoll

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    Fun, weird, and perfect for any English class

    I got this book for my 16 year old sister who is very capable of being scathing and contemptuous, but also she is very, very witty. With this book she is able to put a different spin on "regular" definitions. Particularly useful for the morbidly comical in an English class, this book provides the darkest definitions for even the brightest of events. "birth is the first day you start dying" type thing. If you take this book seriously, it could make you angry or sad.. but if you use it to make your english papers more entertaining...
    Use it as a source for any paper in school and it will be hilarious, and a actual source. It was a perfect gift for my sister, just don't take it seriously.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Brilliant Wit and Insight

    Bierce started The Devils Dictionary as a weekly article written in 1881 in a local San Francisco paper. Yet when you read his comments and observations, you must feel that he truly did not belong to his age, but more to ours!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Delights of the Devil's Dictionary

    The Devil's Dictionary is a great read if you enjoy pointed insights concerning popular culture. However, the book isn't for everyone, since it IS a dictionary, albeit one filled with humorous witticisms, but the definitions are definitely worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    This book is not worth 3$ :(

    Just buy the ¿95 one.. ;-)

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Very Amusing

    I bought this book to get different definitions for certain words I am using in my first attempt to write. It has very interesting definitions of many words, makes me laugh out loud when I read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Interesting if you can get past the format, but largely useless.

    Interesting if you can get past the format, but largely useless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Stinks

    I hate it and want to get rid of it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Prewrite

    A part of me went missing...when you left. It's so wrong, and I shouldn't feel this way, but it still hurts. There is just one thing I need to ask. When will I see you again? ((Okay, I literally cried when N left at the end of Pokemon Black and White. Yes, I am a ferriswheel shipper. I can't wait to see N when BW2 comes out this October, can you? :3))

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    A dum book

    I think no won should read this

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Nice

    Nuce

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    DONT READ THIS

    No one should even look at this unless ur loominade

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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