The Devil's Dictionary, Paperback Book

The Devil's Dictionary Paperback

Part of the Dover Thrift Editions series

4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780486275420

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every satirist needs this book. i use it many times through the year.

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Brilliant. If you're looking to expand your vocabulary, you can do no better. At some times he writes succinctly, allowing his ready wit to strike freely. At other times Bierce' writing assumes a prolixity worthy of the dryest of scholars, giving the dictionary a faux-pomposity which perfectly enhances the ridiculousness of the things he's put on paper.

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There may be none, outside of perhaps Rabelais, who may so decorously handle the refuse of the world. The Devil's Dictionary is a guidebook for the mind of man, and perhaps a certain delicacy becomes necessary when exploring something so rude and unappealing. There is perhaps no greater illustration that the answer of 'why do bad things happen to good people' is: because it is much funnier that way.

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You can't go wrong with the Dover Thrift Edition of Bierce's caustic and hilarious 'dictionary'. An American classic. Read it.

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Provided you have a pretty firm grounding in 19th century culture, The Devil's Dictionary is great fun--arguably one of the wittiest satires to come out of an entire generation. But it's not a book to read cover to cover. Keep it in your bathroom--or put it in your guest bedroom to help you weed out friends who don't have a sense of humor!