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The Devil's Dictiionary (Folio Society)

£9.99

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Ambrose 'Bitter' Bierce was immortalised by The Devil's Dictionary. His series of satirical definitions and irreverent aphorisms first appeared from 1881 to 1886 in the columns of a provincial newspaper, impaling the sacred cows of civilised life - and much else besides - upon the spikes of his own mordant wit. From Birth ('the direst of all disasters') to Death ('the golden goal attained'), via Love ('a temporary insanity curable by marriage'), Faith ('belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel') and Hope ('Desire and expectation rolled into one'), Bierce couches his barbs in a language with echoes of Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. He was also a master of spoof verse and prose, his powers of invention ably demonstrated in the gallery of 'sources' for his definitions.

This Folio Society hardback book is in very good used condition. The slip cover has some slight wear to edges but is clean and intact. The book is in as new condition, with little sign of use, all pages clean and intact and binding tight.

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Author(s):
Ambrose Bierce
Condition:
Used: very good
Publisher:
Folio Society
Title:
The Devil's Dictionary

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Ambrose 'Bitter' Bierce was immortalised by The Devil's Dictionary. His series of satirical definitions and irreverent aphorisms first appeared from 1881 to 1886 in the columns of a provincial newspaper, impaling the sacred cows of civilised life - and much else besides - upon the spikes of his own mordant wit. From Birth ('the direst of all disasters') to Death ('the golden goal attained'), via Love ('a temporary insanity curable by marriage'), Faith ('belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel') and Hope ('Desire and expectation rolled into one'), Bierce couches his barbs in a language with echoes of Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. He was also a master of spoof verse and prose, his powers of invention ably demonstrated in the gallery of 'sources' for his definitions.

This Folio Society hardback book is in very good used condition. The slip cover has some slight wear to edges but is clean and intact. The book is in as new condition, with little sign of use, all pages clean and intact and binding tight.

Author(s):
Ambrose Bierce
Condition:
Used: very good
Publisher:
Folio Society
Title:
The Devil's Dictionary

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