* To show the tenor of thought, the following definition is quoted from "The Cynic's Word Book" (1906 A.D.), written by one Ambrose Bierce
, an avowed and confirmed misanthrope of the period: "Grapeshot, n.
defined "saint" as "a dead sinner, revised and edited." That's John McCain.
A Mark Twain B John Steinbeck C Edgar Allan Poe D Ambrose Bierce
The title is a play on "The Devil's Dictionary," a collection of sarcastic political and social terms that American writer Ambrose Bierce
began publishing in newspapers in 1881.
During the Gilded Age, satirist Ambrose Bierce
defined the corporation as "an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." The modern version of this idea was perhaps best articulated by Milton Friedman in his 1970 New York Times Magazine article, "The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits." The claim that a business has a "social conscience," Friedman wrote, is tantamount to "pure and unadulterated socialism."
The 19th century US journalist Ambrose Bierce
defined a monument as "a structure intended to commemorate something which either needs no commemoration or cannot be commemorated" -- and he is only partially right as quite a few historical events need more remembrance these days.
This reference/text for students in high school and up analyzes important texts of the Civil War period: Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage; Ambrose Bierce
's "Chickamauga;" Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches; Walt Whitman's and Herman Melville's Civil War poetry; and Abraham Lincoln's "The Gettysburg Address." For each text or set of texts, the book offers a synopsis, historical background, information on the author, and a discussion of why the text is still important for students to understand today.
"Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage." - Ambrose Bierce
Even though they might seem like a very electronic invention, emoticons are said to have been first suggested back in 1887 by Ambrose Bierce
Bierce, who thought of adding a smiley face character to the set of already established punctuation marks.
In what follows, I will first reveal, step by step, the dual trajectory of signification in Ambrose Bierce
's "A Horseman in the Sky" (1891), prefacing the analysis with a brief summary of existing criticisms.
Shennan, Ambrose Bierce
, and, less expectedly, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.