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The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
1582343802
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bierce's classic work of satirical wit and Steadman's pointed pen redefine the way we see even the seemingly simplest of terms.

Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to.
Bride, n.: A woman with a great future behind her.
Consult, v: To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.

Ambrose Bierce's "dictionary" of epigrams, essays, verses, and vignettes targets the religious, the romantic, the political, and the economic, in equal measure. The book you need to define both friends and enemies, The Devil's Dictionary is also the perfect gift, showcasing Bierce's razor-sharp wit and Ralph Steadman's incisive pen to their best advantage.


Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks: An Ambrose Bierce Mystery
Oakley Hall
0641624026

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The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
0195126270
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. Marriage, n. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two. Self-Esteem, n. An erroneous
appraisement.
These caustic aphorisms, collected in The Devil's Dictionary, helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco. First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's
notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped...


Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings
Oakley Hall
0142001333
July 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While King Kalakaua of Hawaii lies dying in a San Francisco hotel room, celebrated author-cum-detective Ambrose Bierce and his young companion, Tom Redmond, get the call to find a missing member of the royal entourage in this entertaining, if choppy, historical set during the winter of 1890-91. As in Hall's first novel in the series, Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades (1998), Redmond plays an engaging Watson to Bierce's Holmes. Redmond falls in love with the "monumental" Haunani Brown, a beautiful Hawaiian who is visiting her uncle, California poet Edward Browne. Simultaneously, millionaire Aaron Underwood hires Bierce to find Princess Leileiha, who's betrothed to potential heir to the throne Alexander Honomoku and is a close friend of Haunani. The two threads of the story romance and mystery are woven...


Phantoms of a Blood-Stained Period: The Complete Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce
155849328X
February 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In calling Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman our poets of the American Civil War, we unfairly neglect the Ohio-born Bierce, who, unlike the first two authors, actually fought for the Union army, at Chicamauga, Missionary Ridge, Bloody Shiloh, and elsewhere. If the average reader is at all aware of Bierce, it is probably from a few choice definitions from The Devil's Dictionary, the phantasmagoric story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," and the author's mysterious disappearance in Mexico in 1913. However, Bierce, whose nastiness toward contemporary writers and critics came home to roost when his own reputation had to be decided, deserves to be better known. His war experience gives the 27 brief war stories in Shadows of Blue & Gray the ring of authenticity. In a sometimes turgid writing style (slaves...


Shadows of Blue & Gray
Ambrose Bierce
0765302454
Feb 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Thomsen is also the editor of Shadows of Blue & Gray: The Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce, which collects 27 stories along with some memoirs and reportage by the journalist, writer, literary critic and former Union Army soldier. Famous for their unflinching look at the brutality of the war, the pieces include "Two Military Executions," about the execution and revenge of a young soldier sentenced to death for striking an officer; "Bivouac of the Dead," the classic plea for the recognition of unknown Confederate soldiers in a West Virginia hillside; and "Four Days in Dixie," Bierce's account of his own imprisonment and escape from Confederates in Alabama. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream
P. Haining
0760715742
August 1999
Hardcover
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Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades
Oakley M. Hall
0140288600
Feb 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Tom Redmond, printer's assistant and would-be journalist for a satirical weekly, joins editor Ambrose Bierce in investigating a series of brutal prostitute murders in 1880s San Francisco. Initial conjecture and sleuthing establish links to a nouveau riche family of dubious integrity and the unethical and sometimes violent owners of the railroad monopoly. Quips from the misogynistic Bierce, naive observations from Redmond, and snippets of information about local history and real characters should stir reader demand. Hall, the author of some 20 novels, including Separations (LJ 6/1/97), is best known for his Westerns. Highly recommended.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist
Hall does more here...


Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
0486275426
May 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Over 1,000 barbed and brilliant definitions by "the American Swift." Congratulations are "the civility of envy," a historian is a "broad-gauged gossip," many more. H. L. Mencken called these "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."


Tales of Soldiers and Civilians
Ambrose Bierce
0140437568
Feb 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Witty, irreverent tales of war and the supernatural from the maverick misanthrope of American literature.

Questing after Pancho Villa's revolutionary forces, Ambose Bierce rode into Mexico in 1913 and completely vanished off the face of the earth. Though his ultimate fate remains a mystery to this day, Bierce's contribution to American letters rests firmly on the basis of his incomparable Devil's Dictionary and a remarkable body of short fiction. This new collection gathers some three dozen of Bierce's finest stories, including the celebrated Civil War fictions "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" and "Chickamauga," his macabre masterpieces "The Damned Thing" and "Moxon's Master," and his hilariously horrific "Oil of Dog" and "My Favorite Murder."

Tom Quirk, the volume's editor, provides a fascinating...


Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks
Oakley Hall
0142000140
Mar 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After their Hawaiian escapades in Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings (2001), the irascible author of The Devil's Dictionary (fitting definitions from which head each chapter) and his Boswell, Tom Redmond, find murder and hanky-panky aplenty back home in California. At the behest of millionaire publisher Willie Hearst, the pair investigates two murders-that of a photographer in Hearst's employ and that of a randy British yachtsman (known as a "one-eyed jack")-as well as the theft of some intimate photos of Hearst's gorgeous mistress. Redmond's attentions are divided between the chase and his latest love, Eliza Lindley, directress of the Stockton Street Mission and savior of Chinese girls from evil slavers. Unsurprisingly, a connection between the murders and the slavers soon emerges. Like Bierce, Hall is fond...


Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
0820324019
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
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 Ambrose Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth. This is the most extensively annotated edition of a work by Bierce ever published, and the first edition of The Devil's Dictionary to provide detailed bibliographical information on every entry. It will be celebrated by wits and word lovers everywhere. First time in paperback.

About the Author
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America's most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables,...


2006 Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary Box Calendar
Pomegranate
0764931156
July 2005
Box Calendar
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Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce
0803260717
January 1985
Paperback
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Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots
Oakley Hall
0143036815
Feb 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
Bierce, the real-life nineteenth-century journalist, returns for his fifth adventure, narrated as always by Tom Redmond, Dr. Watson to Bierce's Sherlock Holmes. Colonel Studley, operator of a popular Wild West show, brings his extravaganza to San Francisco, where he is promptly shot dead. The prime suspect: Oswald Bird, a train robber with a couple of scores to settle. But, as Bierce points out, Studley's show is full of expert marksmen (and one very special woman), and the identity of the culprit is far from obvious. The Bierce series, which has deservedly won Hall a legion of fans (including many noteworthy authors), shows no signs of slowing down--if anything, it's still gathering speed, each book just a little sharper and more suspenseful than the one before. Hall combines two very tricky genres, the historical...


100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Stefan R. Dziemianowicz (Editor)
1566191068
July 1993
Hardcover
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The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
0195126262
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
These caustic aphorisms, collected in The Devil's Dictionary, helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco. First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911,
Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can
still draw blood today.

Download Description
The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881. In this book , Ambrose Bierce skewers far more the world of politics, but it is the...


Ambrose Bierce and the Trey of Pearls (Ambrose Bierce Series)
Oakley Hall
0143034707
January 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The suffrage cause, embodied by three pretty suffragists (the "trey of pearls" of the title), provides the background for Hall's fourth literate historical (after 2003's Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks), set in San Francisco in 1892. Curmudgeonly journalist Ambrose Bierce and his young sidekick, Tom Redmond, look into the shooting death of popular preacher and notorious ladies' man Henry Devine. A second murder follows, of banker William P. Jaspers, whose wife was a devotee of the Reverend Devine. In between interviewing jealous husbands and trying to locate possibly vengeful offspring, Tom pursues his free-love-advocating cousin Amanda Wilson with mixed success, while Bierce exchanges barbs with novelist Gertrude Atherton and otherwise comments cynically on the proceedings. During one interlude, the author...

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