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Satiric lexicon by Ambrose Bierce, first compiled as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906 and reissued under the author's preferred title five years later. The barbed definitions that Bierce began publishing in the Wasp, a weekly journal he edited in San Francisco from 1881 to 1886, brought this 19th-century stock form to a new level of artistry. Employing a terse, aphoristic style, Bierce lampooned social, professional, and religious convention, as in his definitions for bore--"A person who talks when you wish him to listen"; architect--"One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money"; and saint--"A dead sinner revised and edited." Many of the entries include "authenticating" citations from spurious scholarly sources. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I bought this book to get a feel for The Civil War, since Ambrose Bierce was a participant and chronicler of the bloody war between the states. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Clement
I already had the Portuguese translation of the Dictionary itself. Just wanted to see the original definitions.
And got pleasantly surprised with the stories.
Unparalleled humor & satire that is timeless and prescient to this day!Published 3 months ago by Nina Rose-Racine
Now ya may notice the Bison Books edition has more short stories, an' that'd be a fact. The good ol' LoB doesn't skimp out on the Civil War stuff, though, which most people are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex
Wonderful volume from the Library of America (which is, by the way, a non-profit publisher...so yeah, go support it!) as usual. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ircupinojr
Love this book! A delightful addition to anyone's library, especially a writer's.Published 8 months ago by Leelou Cervant