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BPL award to Bierce

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / November 11, 2011

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Was “The Devil’s Dictionary’’ by Ambrose Bierce the best book of 1911? So says the BPL, which conducted a Hundred Year Retroactive Book Award competition this week, with local notables arguing the literary merits of the nominees. Contenders for this year’s prize were Victor Appleton ’s Tom Swift series, defended by futurist Ray Kurzweil. . .

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