Cover of: The devil's dictionary | Ambrose Bierce

About the Book

The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve. To quote the publishers of the present work: "This more reverent title had previously been forced upon him by the religious scruples of the last newspaper in which a part of the work had appeared, with the natural consequence that when it came out in covers the country already had been flooded by its imitators with a score of 'cynic' books - The Cynic's This, The Cynic's That, and The Cynic's t'Other. Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added the distinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word "cynic" into disfavor so deep that any book bearing it was discredited in advance of publication."Meantime, too, some of the enterprising humorists of the country had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs, and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases and so forth, had become more or less current in popular speech. This explanation is made, not with any pride of priority in trifles, but in simple denial of possible charges of plagiarism, which is no trifle. In merely resuming his own the author hopes to be held guiltless by those to whom the work is addressed - enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humor and clean English to slang.

Edition Notes

"An unabridged republication of the work originally published (as volume VII of The collected works of Ambrose Bierce) in 1911 by the Neale Publishing Company, New York"--T.p. verso.

Series
Dover thrift editions

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
423/.0207
Library of Congress
PS1097 .D4 1993

The Physical Object

Pagination
139 p. ;
Number of pages
139

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1740377M
Internet Archive
devilsdictionar00bier
ISBN 10
0486275426
LC Control Number
92046179
Library Thing
5978
Goodreads
663536
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