Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 January 1999

256 Pages | 26 line illus.

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195126273

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The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce
With a new introduction by Roy Morris, Jr.

The Devil's Dictionary helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco. First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can still draw blood today.


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