Ambrose Bierce's classic The Devil's Dictionary was published in 1911, and its caustic wit has never gone out of style. In the ensuing century, many foolish or pompous ideas and inventions have emerged—"cell phone," "fast food," and "art for art's sake"—and so Rhoda Koenig picks up where Bierce left off, skewering hypocrisy and optimism on every page. An "average man" is defined as a "person of below-average intelligence," while an "innovation" is "something that can fail in a new way." Peter Breese's jazzy black and red ink illustrations of select definitions appear throughout.
"The New Devil's Dictionary brilliantly matches Ambrose Bierce's original in wit, candor, and black humor."—Andrew Shaffer