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Ambrose Bierce, a contemporary of Mark Twain’s, is known for his irreverent wit, sharp sarcasm, and sardonic view of human nature. His perennial classic of American satire, The Devil’s Dictionary, offers biting observations that lampoon people, politics, American society, and its most cherished institutions. Acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist Keith Bendis has chosen a sampling of Bierce’s most wickedly funny definitions to bring to life through illustration. Bierce’s acerbic wit has met its perfect match with Bendis’ humorous, tongue-in-cheek watercolor drawings.
"Masquerading as a scholarly lexicon, this book is in fact a wide-ranging collection of barbs, wisecracks, phony news items, pseudo-jargon, crackpot history, personal insults, ridiculous poems, and what the French refer to as apercus — things everyone else wishes they had thought of first. The reader is encouraged to sample this and sample that, pick and choose from among the tart delights, and come back for seconds if he so pleases." — From the Introduction by Joe Queenan