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The Devil's Dictionary of Ambrose Beirce - 1958 - The Peter Pauper Press

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"The Devil's Dictionary": A Selection of bitter definitions of Ambrose Bierce. Published by the Peter Pauper Press, Copyright 1958. Clever midcentury illustrations by Joseph Low are included. This little book is made up of the best items that Bierce (the newspaperman) wrote between 1881-1906. This book is in very good condition. Original owner's name is written on the front endpaper. Book measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" and has 61 pages.A sample of the contents:

Beauty - The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

Brute - See Husband.

Disobedience - The silver lining to the cloud of servitude.

Jealous - Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

Kiss - A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for bliss.

Mausoleum - The final and funniest folly of the rich.

Senate - A body of of elderly gentlemen charged with high duties and misdemeanors.


From the publisher's note:

"Ambrose Bierce was an angry young man who got angrier as he grew older. His strong talent was directed always by bitterness and despair. His wonderful stories were weird, cynical, shocking. His life was restless, his temper outrageous, and his death violent..." He served throughout the Civil War with bravery, he was badly wounded in the head, mostly led the life of a newspaper columnist, and at the age of 71 went off to Mexico to join the staff of revolutionary Pancho Villa, and was murdered or executed when he deserted Villa.


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The Devil's Dictionary of Ambrose Beirce - 1958 - The Peter Pauper Press


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