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Cynic's Dictionary

Dillon-Malone, Aubrey

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ISBN 10: 1853753564 / ISBN 13: 9781853753565
Published by Prion Books Ltd, UK, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Book Description This is an acerbic collection of alternative definitions that aim to set the record straight; epigrammatic cynicism from some of the greatest wits - Oscar Wilde, H.L. Mencken, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw and modern-day practitioners including P.J. O'Rourke, Madonna and Woody Allen. H.L. Mencken defined a cynic as "someone who, when he smells flowers, looks for a coffin". But more truly, a cynic is a disillusioned idealist, and his scathing wit a way of coping with the great divide between how things ought to be and how they actually are. The quotations on show range from the sublimely subversive to the downright idiotic, and make ripostes with which to deflate pretentious windbags or infect the earnest and insulated with a jaundiced view of the world. Bookseller Inventory # 39658

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Title: Cynic's Dictionary

Publisher: Prion Books Ltd, UK

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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This is an acerbic collection of alternative definitions that aim to set the record straight; epigrammatic cynicism from some of the greatest wits - Oscar Wilde, H.L. Mencken, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw and modern-day practitioners including P.J. O'Rourke, Madonna and Woody Allen. H.L. Mencken defined a cynic as "someone who, when he smells flowers, looks for a coffin". But more truly, a cynic is a disillusioned idealist, and his scathing wit a way of coping with the great divide between how things ought to be and how they actually are. The quotations on show range from the sublimely subversive to the downright idiotic, and make ripostes with which to deflate pretentious windbags or infect the earnest and insulated with a jaundiced view of the world.

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Aubrey Dillon-Malon is a full-time writer residing in Ireland.

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