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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 Le...

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 his ...

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. …

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 faun…

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 pronou…

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 Fi…