The Devil's Dictionaries

The Devil's Dictionaries The Best of the Devil's Dictionary and the American Heretic's Dictionary

2nd Edition

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This compilation of hundreds of biting, witty, cruel, and hilarious definitions combines the best 200 definitions from Ambrose Bierce's classic 'The Devil's Dictionary', with more than 500 definitions from the most humorous and stinging entries in Chaz Bufe's 'The American Heretic's Dictionary'. This new edition includes 50 new definitions from Bufe and new biting illustrations by San Francisco artist and filmmaker J R Swanson. The Bierce definitions focus on his favourite targets, including religion, jingoism masquerading as patriotism, the 'lickspittle' press, the thievery inherent in the American economic system, and the multitude of idiocies and hypocrisies pervading American social and political life. Bufe's definitions share many of the same targets, but also skewer such contemporary plagues as the 'right to life' movement, religious fundamentalism, the IRS, and the puritanically 'politically correct'. Bufe also turns a jaundiced eye on both male and female sexual attitudes, something which Bierce, writing in much more conservative times, was not free to do.

Book information

ISBN: 9781884365355
Publisher: See Sharp Press
Imprint: See Sharp Press
Pub date:
Edition: 2nd Edition
DEWEY: 423.0207
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 318g
Height: 155mm
Width: 230mm
Spine width: 12mm