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The devil's dictionary

The devil's dictionary

Author: Ambrose Bierce; J A Simpson
Publisher: Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
DIPLOMACY, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country"0In 1881 Ambrose Bierce, journalist and former soldier for the Union army in the Civil War, began writing satirical definitions for the San Francisco Wasp, and then for William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. Bierce was launched on a journalistic career that would see him liked and loathed in equal measure - and earn him the title of 'the wickedest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Dictionaries Humor
Dictionnaires Humour
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ambrose Bierce; J A Simpson
ISBN: 1851245073 9781851245079
OCLC Number: 1032588598
Notes: "First published by The Neale Publishing Company in 1911 as volume VII in The collected works of Ambrose Bierce"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description: viii, 238 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Ambrose Bierce ; introduction by John Simpson.


Bierce's dictionary, first published in 1906 as 'The Cynic's Word Book', brought his biting black humour to bear on spoof definitions of everyday words. Over 100 years later, Bierce's redefinitions  Read more...


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