The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce
Publisher: World Pub. Co 1911
Number of pages: 392
Satiric lexicon by Ambrose Bierce, first compiled as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906. The barbed definitions that Bierce began publishing in a weekly journal he edited in San Francisco, brought this 19th-century stock form to a new level of artistry. Employing a terse, aphoristic style, Bierce lampooned social, professional, and religious convention, as in his definitions for bore--"A person who talks when you wish him to listen"; architect--"One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money"; and saint--"A dead sinner revised and edited."
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by Eric Landa - Smashwords
This first book contains five thousand jokes from a variety of sources from both famous and ordinary people. Hopefully they'll bring a smile to your face, a grin to your mouth and maybe make your fingers scratch your head every now and then ...
by Edith B. Ordway - George Sully and Company
This book presents a grindstone whereon the reader may whet his wits. It is of sufficient hardness to resist the coarsest metal of broad-bladed humor, and of sufficient fineness of grain to edge the best steel of fancy.
by John Kendrick Bangs - Harper & Brothers Publishers
The idiot is the same old idiot, if a trifle worn. As an inventive idiot he is in his element although of all his numerous inventions he complains that none has been realized. Probably there is a deep psychological reason.
by Jerome K. Jerome
This is a story of three Englishman who pile into a boat with food, clothes, and a fox terrier and set off on the Thames to see the English countryside. The book is today considered one of the funniest books in the English language.