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Ambrose Bierce - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Ambrose Bierce

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Ambrose Bierce, writer and reporter; nineteenth century American Literature
Ambrose Bierce   (1842 - 1914)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  June 24, 1842
Meigs County, Ohio, United States
 
Died:  January 11, 1914
Mexico
 
Related authors:
H. L. Mencken, Stephen Crane
 
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Ambrose Bierce - LIFE STORIES
 
 
6/24/1842     Brief, Bitter, Bierce
On this day in 1842, the writer-reporter-wit Ambrose Bierce was born in Horse Cave Creek, Ohio. Those familiar with Bierce usually approach him through his Civil War stories and then stay to enjoy, or at least marvel at, his celebrated aphorisms and definitions. These offer a scoff for every situation, and can seem as bitter as they are brief, as in "Once: enough."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians
fiction
 
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce
by Ambrose Bierce, Ernest Jerome Hopkins (Editor)
anthology, fiction
 
The Devil's Dictionary   (The Cynic's Word Book (1906))
by Ambrose Bierce, David E. Schultz (Editor), S. T. Joshi (Editor)
non-fiction
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company
by Roy Morris Jr.
biography
 
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Ambrose Bierce's "Chickamauga": An Interdisciplinary Approach
Offers an analysis and interpretation of the short story "Chickamauga." Includes a short biography, outline of plot and characters, the effects of war on Bierce's writing, information about the Battle of Chickamauga, and other materials.

The soldiers in 'Chickamauga' symbolize a complete lack of mercy focused onto a group. ... Bierce treats the soldiers as one, one individual group who has been murdered and injured by the hands of an enemy with no mercy. This group does not think, they only advance on some instinct to flee from the horror of the battle which they have become the focus. Davidson states that 'the reiteration of the pronoun 'they' emphasis the anonymity of these dying men.' They slowly advance staggered, into the direction of the river, for no reason but to die because nobody cares about them."
Ambrose Bierce, "the Old Gringo": Fact, Fiction and Fantasy
An essay which speculates on the death of Bierce in Mexico.

"Since his best fiction writing had been the war stories the old writer wanted to obtain more war material in order to continue in his profession. The only way to accomplish that was to go and experience another war. On his way to Mexico, Bierce stopped in New Orleans for a rest. While there he was interviewed by several newspaper reporters. One of them asked him why he was going to war-torn Mexico; he replied: 'I like the game. . . . I want to see it.'"
Classic Reader
A large selection of short stories, many about the American Civil War, and includes such famous works as "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "My Favourite Murder," and "Chickamauga."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts of The Devil's Dictionary, Can Such Things Be?, Fantastic Fables, My Friend's Delight, My Favorite Murder, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and A Son of the Gods, and A Horseman in the Sky.
The Ambrose Bierce Appreciation Society
Features a large selection of links to online resources and electronic texts, short biography, and a comprehensive bibliography which includes derivative works, and film and television adaptations.

"What he saw and experienced in the war had the most profound effect on Bierce. In addition to the harsh realities of war, Bierce's engagement to childhood sweetheart Bernice ('Fatima') Wright was broken off during the war, adding to his disillusionment. All his experiences in the war are seen as the source of his cynical realism."
The Ambrose Bierce Site
This site is maintained by Don Swaim, host of CBS Radio's Book Beat. It features a detailed chronology of events in Bierce's life, a series of original short stories featuring the author, and links to electronic texts and academic resources.

"Bierce suffered no fools, spared no enemies, and spat in the face of man-made gods and those who prayed to them. ... Except for H. L. Mencken, Bierce's intellectual heir, there has never been a man of letters quite like Ambrose Bierce. His fate is not only a mystery, but Bierce remains an enigma. Read on."
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