Initially a weekly feature in an American newspaper in 1881, "The Devil's Dictionary" was continued with some intervals until 1906, when it was first ...Show synopsisInitially a weekly feature in an American newspaper in 1881, "The Devil's Dictionary" was continued with some intervals until 1906, when it was first published as "The Cynic's Word Book". Typical entries include: 'fly', a monster of the air owing allegiance to Beelzebub; 'kill', to create a vacacy without nominating a successor; and 'rhubarb', vegetable essence of stomach ache. A humorous perspective of the English language at the turn of the 20th century, the book has a new introduction to give a modern view of the book and its importance in literature.Hide synopsis
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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.
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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