The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

University of Georgia Press
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If we could only put aside our civil pose and say what we really thought, the world would be a lot like the one alluded to in The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. There, a bore is “a person who talks when you wish him to listen,” and happiness is “an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.” This is the most comprehensive, authoritative edition ever of Ambrose Bierce’s satiric masterpiece. It renders obsolete all other versions that have appeared in the book’s ninety-year history.

A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth.

This new edition is based on David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi’s exhaustive investigation into the book’s writing and publishing history. All of Bierce’s known satiric definitions are here, including previously uncollected, unpublished, and alternative entries. Definitions dropped from previous editions have been restored while nearly two hundred wrongly attributed to Bierce have been excised. For dedicated Bierce readers, an introduction and notes are also included.

Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. This unabridged edition will be celebrated by humor fans and word lovers everywhere.

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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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University of Georgia Press
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Dec 1, 2001
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Pages
404
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ISBN
9780820326344
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English
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Humor / General
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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Bierce’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the collections and other texts
* The rare novella THE DANCE OF DEATH appears here for the first time in digital print
* ALL the short story collections, with individual contents tables
* Featuring 475 tales, many appearing for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL
are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry, essays and the short stories
* Easily locate the works you want to read
* The complete non-fiction, with many scarce essays and newspaper articles
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* Features a bonus full biography – discover Bierce’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Novellas
THE DANCE OF DEATH
THE MONK AND THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER
THE LAND BEYOND THE BLOW

The Short Story Collections
THE FIEND’S DELIGHT
COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL
PRESENT AT A HANGING, AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
IN THE MIDST OF LIFE: TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS
CAN SUCH THINGS BE?
FANTASTIC FABLES
NEGLIGIBLE TALES
THE PARENTICIDE CLUB
THE FOURTH ESTATE
THE OCEAN WAVE
KINGS OF BEASTS
TWO ADMINISTRATIONS
MISCELLANEOUS TALES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poetry Collections
BLACK BEETLES IN AMBER
SHAPES OF CLAY
FABLES IN RHYME
SOME ANTE-MORTEM EPITAPHS
THE SCRAP HEAP

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
THE SHADOW ON THE DIAL, AND OTHER ESSAYS
THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY
WRITE IT RIGHT
ASHES OF THE BEACON
“ON WITH THE DANCE!”: A REVIEW
A CYNIC LOOKS AT LIFE
TANGENTIAL VIEWS
BITS OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS

The Essays
LIST OF ESSAYS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF ESSAYS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Letters
THE LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCE

The Criticism
AMBROSE BIERCE by Vincent Starrett
AMBROSE BIERCE: AN APPRAISAL by Frederic Tabor Cooper
ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO BOOST BIERCE INTO IMMORTALITY
THE UNDERGROUND REPUTATION OF AMBROSE BIERCE
AMBROSE BIERCE by Ella Sterling Cummins

Biercian Texts
LIST OF BIERCIAN ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

The Biography
AMBROSE BIERCE: A BIOGRAPHY by Carey McWilliams
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For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete works of master storyteller Ambrose Bierce. This comprehensive eBook is spiced with numerous illustrations, rare and forgotten texts, concise introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Bierce’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the collections and other texts
* The rare novella THE DANCE OF DEATH appears here for the first time in digital print
* ALL the short story collections, with individual contents tables
* Featuring 475 tales, many appearing for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL
are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry, essays and the short stories
* Easily locate the works you want to read
* The complete non-fiction, with many scarce essays and newspaper articles
* Includes Bierce’s letters – spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Bierce’s contribution to literature
* Also provides a unique ‘Biercian Texts’ section with interesting articles on the works and disappearance of Ambrose Bierce
* Features a bonus full biography – discover Bierce’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Novellas
THE DANCE OF DEATH
THE MONK AND THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER
THE LAND BEYOND THE BLOW

The Short Story Collections
THE FIEND’S DELIGHT
COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL
PRESENT AT A HANGING, AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
IN THE MIDST OF LIFE: TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS
CAN SUCH THINGS BE?
FANTASTIC FABLES
NEGLIGIBLE TALES
THE PARENTICIDE CLUB
THE FOURTH ESTATE
THE OCEAN WAVE
KINGS OF BEASTS
TWO ADMINISTRATIONS
MISCELLANEOUS TALES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poetry Collections
BLACK BEETLES IN AMBER
SHAPES OF CLAY
FABLES IN RHYME
SOME ANTE-MORTEM EPITAPHS
THE SCRAP HEAP

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
THE SHADOW ON THE DIAL, AND OTHER ESSAYS
THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY
WRITE IT RIGHT
ASHES OF THE BEACON
“ON WITH THE DANCE!”: A REVIEW
A CYNIC LOOKS AT LIFE
TANGENTIAL VIEWS
BITS OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS

The Essays
LIST OF ESSAYS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF ESSAYS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Letters
THE LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCE

The Criticism
AMBROSE BIERCE by Vincent Starrett
AMBROSE BIERCE: AN APPRAISAL by Frederic Tabor Cooper
ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO BOOST BIERCE INTO IMMORTALITY
THE UNDERGROUND REPUTATION OF AMBROSE BIERCE
AMBROSE BIERCE by Ella Sterling Cummins

Biercian Texts
LIST OF BIERCIAN ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

The Biography
AMBROSE BIERCE: A BIOGRAPHY by Carey McWilliams
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