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 transforming into curiosity in his works. As a Union soldier in the course of the Civil warfare, he witnessed bloodshed and the atrocities of conflict. After the battle, he all started a occupation as a journalist in San Francisco, the place lots of his newspaper columns have been full of venom and bold. moreover, he wrote battle tales and stories of the supernatural, besides an collection of poems. this present 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 an important occasions in his lifestyles. the majority of the spouse includes alphabetically prepared entries on Bierce's significant works and characters and on historic folks and writers who figured prominently in his existence and occupation. hence the quantity presents insurance of Bierce's contemporaries, lots of whom he satirized in his scathing newspaper columns. a few of the entries checklist works for extra interpreting, and the booklet closes with a particular, common bibliography. as a result of Bierce's difficulty with such a lot of problems with his day, the quantity deals a useful point of view on American tradition through the time during which he lived.
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