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Lewis, Matthew Gregory

(Encyclopedia) Lewis, Matthew Gregory, 1775–1818, English author, b. London. In addition to his writing he pursued a diplomatic career and served for a time in Parliament. He was often called Monk…

Brewer's: Sansloy

[Irreligion ], brother of Sansfoy (q.v.). Having torn off the disguise of Archimago and wounded the lion, he carries off Una into the wilderness. Her shrieks arouse the fauns and satyrs,…

Alexander VI

(Encyclopedia) Alexander VI, 1431?–1503, pope (1492–1503), a Spaniard (b. Játiva) named Rodrigo de Borja or, in Italian, Rodrigo Borgia; successor of Innocent VIII. He took Borja as his surname from…

The Devil's Dictionary: Inventor

by Ambrose Bierce INTRODUCTIONIRRELIGIONINVENTOR -n. A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.

The Devil's Dictionary: I

by Ambrose Bierce HJI I is the first letter of the alphabet, the first word of the language, the first thought of the mind, the first object of affection. In grammar it is a pronoun of the first…

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: Introduction

Introduction Omar Khayyam, The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Omar Khayyam was born at Naishapur in Khorassan in the latter half of our Eleventh, and died within the First Quarter of…