The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
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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-gauge 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."

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was born in Meigs County, Ohio. He grew up in Indiana and fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was in the UK from 1872 to 1875, where he wrote for Fun magazine, and in 1887 joined the San Francisco Examiner. He wrote Tales of Soldiers and Civilians in 1892, and compiled the much-quoted Cynic's Word Book, now known as The Devil's Dictionary, for publication in 1906. In 1913 he went to Mexico to report on Pancho Villa's army, and disappeared.
Published March 30, 2004 by 417 pages
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Ambrose Bierce, America's eminent 19th century satirist known for his ""witty and insolent copy,"" was prodigious both in his output and his talent.

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After the war, Bierce worked several jobs, going further and further west at a time when travel to California could be arduous.

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