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From: Chris L Colvin - Cronin <>
Subject: [BEARCE COUSINS] cousin Ambrose Bierce
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 19:22:51 -0500


I was doing some research and came across the following book:

The Devils Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

Born in Ohio in 1842 journalist, short-story writer and critic Ambrose
Bierce developed into one of this country's most celebrated and cynical
wits - a merciless "American Swift" whose literary barbs were aimed at
folly, self-deulsion, politics, business, religion, literature and the
arts. In this splendid "dictionary" of epigrams, essays, verses and
vignettes, you'll find over 1,000 pointed definitions, e.g.
Congratulation ("The civility of envy"), Coward ("One who in a perilous
emergency thinks with his legs") and Historian ("A broad-gauge gossip").
Anyone who likes to laugh will love The Devil's Dictionary. Anyone
looking for a bon mot to enliven their next speech, paper or conversation
will have a field day thumbing through what H.L. Mencken called "some of
the most gorgeous witticisms in the English langauge." Paperback, 139

What an interesting man he was!!!

~~cousin Chris
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