A word book, straight up, with a twist The Devil's Dictionary is an American classic. A Yankee Oscar Wilde with a wicked edge to his tongue, gained from seeing the world early and cynically as it really was, Ambrose Bierce, friend and rival of Mark Twain, was one of America's first great writers and journalists. His razor-sharp wit and underlying ...Read MoreA word book, straight up, with a twist The Devil's Dictionary is an American classic. A Yankee Oscar Wilde with a wicked edge to his tongue, gained from seeing the world early and cynically as it really was, Ambrose Bierce, friend and rival of Mark Twain, was one of America's first great writers and journalists. His razor-sharp wit and underlying rage against hypocrisy is perfectly complemented by Ralph Steadman's equally incisive pen and ink illustrations. Adore, v..t. To venerate expectantly. Bride, n. A woman with a great future behind her Corporation, n. An ingenious device for securing individual profit without individual responsibility. Debauchee, n. One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it.Read Less
Good. Brown leatherette cover. Name to front endpaper, no other marks. Light foxing. Minor stains to edge of pages. Overall still a nice book. 376 p. 21 cm. Published in part in 1906 under title: The cynic's word book. Tower Book edition.
Illustrated by Kredel, Fritz. Fine with no dust jacket. Limited Edition of 1500 Copies, Signed by the Illustrator, this Copy #691; Book is quarter bound in red leather with black buckram boards and a gilt stamped devil on tail corner of front board, unique gold stamped titling on spine. Charming wood cut illustrations by Fritz Kredel throughout text, including a hand colored woodcut on title page. It is signed by the artist on the colophon page; As New! ! ! ; Signed by Illustrator.
Fine. Book. Signed by Author(s) One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. woodcut illustrations printed in red and black, with colored title plate. Fine in original glassine wrapper, housed in near fine marbled slipcase.
Fritz Kredel. Fine. 4to. Signed by Illustrator Limited to 1500 copies, this is copy 303. Signed by the illustrator. Quarter red leather over black cloth with a few gilt accents and gilt lettered spine. A fine copy in fine slipcase.
Written by a man very much involved in life and much offended by the crudity found therein. Never at a loss to respond to what conflicted his morality we find him humorous or extremely thoughtful, and thought provoking in his responses. An easy read that will stay with you.
Oct 2, 2008
HALF A LOAF - Is it really better?
This adaptation by Gahan Wilson is a disappointment. It represents no more than five percent of Bierce's work of the same name. I feel that Alibris should have more clearly indicated that this book is an adaptation. If they did, I missed it.
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