Devious Dictionary, A

A Devious Dictionary

A Devious Dictionary

by Robin Skelton; illustrated by Ludwig Zeller


  • 1991
  • ISBN 978-0-921870-07-4 (0-921870-07-8)
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 123 pages
  • Maxims

In this collection of witty and trenchant aphorisms, Robin Skelton draws on the cynicism of La Rochefoucauld, the Aufklärung insights of Lichtenberg and the devillish wiles of Ambrose Bierce to provide Canada with its own Devious Dictionary. Once again, Skelton proves himself to be a wizard of language. Illustrated with Ludwig Zeller‘s art collages.

“admirable strength and clarity of definition”
— Richard Kell, The Manchester Guardian

“Perhaps more than any other Canadian poet, Skelton belongs not to one part but to the whole of the English poetic tradition.”
— George Woodcock

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