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Enlarged Devil's Dictionary/Bierce, Ambros/Paper/0141185929/S011-E
A dictionary devised for those "enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humour..."
In 1867, at the age of twenty-four, Ambrose Bierce tossed a coin to decide whether to stay in the army or become a journalist. Journalism won the toss. An incomparable satirist, he became the "laughing devil" of the San Francisco news media, the literary delight and dreaded scourge of the whole Pacific coast. For he was about as discreet as a runaway locomotive, according to H. L. Mencken, and nowhere are his uninhibited irony and gift for verse parody more blithely in evidence than in this most entertaining of all dictionaries.