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Author

Bierce, Ambrose

Title

The Devil's Dictionary

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Haldeman-Julius Publisher

Year

 

City

Girard, KS

Edition

Scanned

Searchable

Cleaned

Deluxe

 

50.0000

50.0000

100.0000

200.0000

Description

Quoted from the author's "Preface."

"The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881; and was continued in a desultory way and at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject nor the happiness to approve. To quote the publishers of the present work:"

'This more reverent title had previously been forced upon him by the religious scruples of the
last newspaper in which a part of the work had appeared, with the natural consequence that when it came out in covers the country already had been flooded by its imitators with a score of 'cynic' books — The Cynic's This, The Cynic's That, and The Cynic's t'Other.Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added the distinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word 'cynic' into disfavor so deep that any book bearing it was discredited in advance of publication."

"Meantime, too, some of the enterprising humorists of the country had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs, and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases and so forth, had become more or less current in popular speech. This explanation is made, not with any pride of priority in trifles but in simple denial of possible charges of plagiarism, which is no trifle. In merely resuming his own the author hopes to be held guiltless by those to whom the work is addressed — enlightened 'souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humor and clean English to slang."

"A conspicuous, and it is hoped not unpleasing, feature of the book is its abundant illustrative
gdotations from eminent poets, chief of whom that learned and ingenious cleric, Father  Gassalasca Jape. S. J., whose lines bear initials. To Father Jape's kindly encouragement and assistance the author of the prose text is greatly indebted."

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