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The Devil's Dictionary: Unabridged Devil's Dictionary Hardcover – 1 Jul 2000
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"A compilation of all of Bierce's satirical definitions published over a forty-year period, this latest version of the "Dictionary" ('A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic') merits a wide readership both within and without the Academy ('A modern school where football is taught')."--"American Literary Review"
About the Author
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America's most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables, poems, and sketches, he was a popular columnist and wrote for several San Francisco and London newspapers during his forty-year journalism career. David E. Schultz is a technical editor. He is coeditor, with S. T. Joshi, of both "A Sole Survivor," a collection of Bierce's autobiographical writings, and "Lord of a Visible World," an autobiography-in-letters of H. P. Lovecraft. S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He is the editor of "The Collected Fables of Ambrose Bierce" and author of "H. P. Lovecraft: A Life."
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One of the problems with editions prior to this one, however, was the frequent inclusion of definitions erroneously attributed to him. While there is nothing wrong with a reader coming up with their own, occasionally these would have Bierce's name attached and people would assume they were his. Unsurprisingly, most of the attributed ones were of lesser quality. The editor of this volume, S.T. Joshi, probed through prior editions published during Bierce's lifetime and reviewed all of the extant newspaper columns to determine which were actually his. In some cases, this resulted in forgotten ones being rediscovered. It helps that S.T. Joshi is one of the preeminent horror fiction scholars in the United States and has already worked on some of Bierce's other material.
On the whole, this is a great book that displays an amused, cynical worldview. Bierce often manages to take a sacrosanct idea and make it appear ludicrous in a single sentence. Although over a hundred years have passed since its initial publication, the Devil's Dictionary is still a great read.