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by David Schultz,S. T. Joshi,Ambrose Bierce

eBook The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary epub
  • ISBN: 0820324019
  • Author: David Schultz,S. T. Joshi,Ambrose Bierce
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • Subcategory: Humor
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; Revised ed. edition (January 3, 2002)
  • Pages: 440 pages
  • ePUB size: 1620 kb
  • FB2 size 1982 kb
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Most readers and biographers have agreed with Schultz and Joshi that The Devil's Dictionary is 'quintessential Bierce.

Most readers and biographers have agreed with Schultz and Joshi that The Devil's Dictionary is 'quintessential Bierce. Ambrose Bierce (Author) AMBROSE BIERCE (1842–1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America’s most renowned satirists.

Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. Great Pub Food: Make Home Your New Local. Publisher: University of Georgia Press. I love this little book! Bierce really had a sly way with words.

The Devil’s Dictionary, the brilliant lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce worked for .

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. Carey McWilliams, that muckraking California journalist whose 1929 biography of Bierce remains the most astute assessment of the man and the writer, wrote hopefully, ‘Only one thing. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate

Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence. and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for. Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. Printed in the United States of America. p. cm. Rev. ed. of: Devil’s dictionary.

150 quotes from The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary: ‘Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage. Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based. Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary. tags: false, holy-book, holy-religion, humor, irony, profane, sacred, scripture, scriptures.

All of Bierce's known satiric definitions are here, including previously uncollected, unpublished, and alternative entries. For dedicated Bierce readers, an introduction and notes are also included.

Schultz, David . 1952-; Joshi, S. 1958-; Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914? Devil's dictionary. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Athens : University of Georgia Press. Uploaded by SeanFagan on February 4, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

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.

Comments: (7)
POFOD
A master of the English language but no soft academic was he! Bitter Bierce,
as he became to be known, had experienced the Civil War in the
cruelest way, lying wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness,
watching others die, being burned to death and then horribly torn by
wild pigs. He recovered but lived out his years with a
bullet lodged in his brain.

Such experiences would twist anyone's belief in the goodness of mankind
and Bierce eventually abandoned conventional journalism to write acidic
commentary and harsh prose, poking fun at everyone in turn, from politicians
to priests. Few were spared his verbal rapier thrusts
and he found himself increasingly estranged from San Francisco society.

His Devil's Dictionary reflects his bitterness and wit simultaneously
and his outrageous "definitions" are still spot on and uncomfortable
even today, for the pompous and the fakirs alike. He even pokes at himself
with definitions like "Alone: in good company"
and "Marriage: a state of temporary insanity only cured
by the passage of time."

Alone and divorced, he wandered off into Mexico, attempting to
interview Pancho Villa, and was never seen again.
Cha
I enjoy reading books for many reasons and while I never expected a dictionary to satisfy many of those reasons, this one does it very well. It is educational, humorous, historical and well organized. It's not a page turner, not exciting, not sexy - but if you are interested in learning things, this book is for you. There is one definition on page 12 that is worth the price of the book: "Adams Apple: a protuberance on the throat of a man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place". The book is filled with laughs like this. (If you don't think that's funny, go read War and Peace) It is also a good reference book; you can look up all kinds of interesting information and remember it was written a long long time ago. Too bad there are no Ambrose Bierces' left - his insights were refreshing.
DART-SKRIMER
Hands down, one of the funniest books I've ever read. Years ago a fellow engineer brought a copy into the office, resulting in projects falling behind schedule for 6 months. Bierce is an earlier incarnation of H. L. Mencken only not so warm and fuzzy. A true gem!
Nidora
Every time my mind is occupied by a concept or a word, I immediately run to The Devil's Dictionary for an answer. Of course, this books has no answers. It offers only consolation*. Through cynicism and wit, it makes you feel less alone. It makes you feel like there are other people in your emotional/intellectual hell.

English is not my mother tongue and I also don't live in 1900, so there are certain parts of the book I find hard to read. But it's not a big loss, since I wouldn't bother with these words anyway. On the other hand, Ambrose Bierce may not live in 2014, yet his commentary on society and human nature is as up-to-date as ever! I really believe that this will turn out to be one the books that never get old and people will still be reading it centuries later.
Maybe I'm not into poetry (much more English poetry), but I found the poems quite fun to read, though I expected them to be boring.

You don't have to read this at once. Just have it near your desk at all times and grab a definition or two every day. It's also fun if you're reading it with others. Fun for the whole family.

*CONSOLATION, noun: The knowledge that a better man is more unfortunate than yourself.
Ochach
I discovered the Dover reprint of this Ambrose Bierce classic when I was in college and reveled in the biting wit. It was lost in many moves since, so when I saw a quote from this edition, I bought it. It has the originally published Devil's Dictionary updated from columns in other news papers for which he wrote in later years. It also has a second half that contains notations and references to Bierce's life and work in connection with most words. This is a fun volume for anyone interested in his acerbic wit and in his life.
Ariurin
Ambrose Bierce's classic tongue-in-cheek definitions give amusing and entertaining insight into what was in it's day curmudgeonly, witty and sometimes double entendre descriptions for word meanings which reflect the mores and social conventions of his day. Not surprisingly, any number of these "off the wall" definitions are applicable to our own miscreants and social arbitrators more than a century later. Good entertainment, with an amusing look into the late 19th century.
Centrizius
Hilarious, cynical, bitter, witty. This book is a perfect reflection of the guy who wrote it. It's also a great window into the mind and humor of 19th century America, and a reminder that previous generations weren't all that different from our own when it comes to cynical humor and irony.
Discovered this gem in the loo of one of my graduate school professors. This book is one of several that should be handy near the toilet of every thinking person for patient, relaxing, thoughtful, amusing reading.
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