What other kind of dictionary would you expect from the pen of Ambrose Bierce? A noted journalist, Bierce’s first job was as a printer’s “devil.” A cynic extraordinaire, he first saw publication of this work in 1906 under the title THE CYNIC'S WORD BOOK. Having endured and been been badly wounded in the Civil War, Bierce might be excused a somewhat jaundiced view of the human condition. Perhaps due to the author’s journalistic experiences, the reader will note a particular cynicism toward politics and politicians (see definition below). And a failed marriage did nothing to enhance is views of romance. Thankfully for the reader, Ambrose Bierce has turned to wit and humor rather than to bitterness. Yes, he is cynical, but delightfully so. ABSURDITY, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. ALONE, adj. In bad company. LOVE, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage... NEIGHBOR, n. One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient. POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. RATTLESNAKE, n. Our prostrate brother. SCRIPTURES, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based. CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE J. Milton Sloluck Jum Coople Hannibal Hunsiker Worgum Slupsky (and others from the author’s extraordinary imagination)
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 - 1914?) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and his satirical dictionary, The Devil's Dictionary. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work - along with his vehemence as a critic - earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W. C. Morrow. He is known for his distinctive style of writing, which his stories often share. This includes a cold open, use of dark imagery, vague references to time, limited description, war-themed pieces, and use of impossible events. In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country's ongoing revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, the elderly writer disappeared without a trace. (wikipedia)About the Author :
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was born in Meigs County, Ohio. He grew up in Indiana and fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was in the UK from 1872 to 1875, where he wrote for Fun magazine, and in 1887 joined the San Francisco Examiner. He wrote Tales of Soldiers and Civilians in 1892, and compiled the much-quoted Cynic's Word Book, now known as The Devil's Dictionary, for publication in 1906. In 1913 he went to Mexico to report on Pancho Villa's army, and disappeared.
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