By Robert L. Gale

Ambrose Bierce was once born in 1842 and mysteriously disappeared in 1914. in the course of his lifetime, he was once a debatable and prolific author, and there's becoming curiosity in his works. As a Union soldier in the course of the Civil struggle, he witnessed bloodshed and the atrocities of conflict. After the warfare, he all started a occupation as a journalist in San Francisco, the place a lot of his newspaper columns have been packed with venom and bold. moreover, he wrote conflict tales and stories of the supernatural, besides an collection of poems. this day, he's most likely top remembered because the writer of The Devil's Dictionary, initially released as The Cynic's Dictionary in 1906. This reference is a advisor to his lifestyles and writings.

An establishing essay overviews Bierce's contribution to literature and journalism, and a chronology summarizes crucial occasions in his existence. the majority of the significant other includes alphabetically prepared entries on Bierce's significant works and characters and on historic folks and writers who figured prominently in his existence and profession. hence the amount presents assurance of Bierce's contemporaries, lots of whom he satirized in his scathing newspaper columns. a number of the entries record works for additional studying, and the booklet closes with a specific, common bibliography. due to Bierce's quandary with such a lot of problems with his day, the quantity deals a worthwhile viewpoint on American tradition throughout the time during which he lived.

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