Ralph Steadman

The Devils Dictionary

Adore, v.t. To venerate expectantly.

Bride, n. An ingenious device for securing individual profit without individual responsibility.

Debauchee, n. One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it.

The Devils Dictionary is an American classic. A Yankee Oscar Wilde with a wicked edge to his tongue,
Ambrose Bierce, friend and rival of Mark Twain, was one of Americas first great writers and journalists.

His razor-shape wit and underlying rage against hypocrisy are perfectly complimented by Ralph Steadman's equally incisive pen-and-ink illustrations.


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