By Robert L. Gale
Ambrose Bierce used to be born in 1842 and mysteriously disappeared in 1914. in the course of his lifetime, he used to be a debatable and prolific author, and there's growing to be curiosity in his works. As a Union soldier throughout the Civil battle, he witnessed bloodshed and the atrocities of conflict. After the warfare, he all started a occupation as a journalist in San Francisco, the place lots of his newspaper columns have been jam-packed with venom and bold. furthermore, he wrote conflict tales and stories of the supernatural, in addition to an collection of poems. this present day, he's most likely most sensible remembered because the writer of The Devil's Dictionary, initially released as The Cynic's Dictionary in 1906. This reference is a consultant to his existence and writings.
An establishing essay overviews Bierce's contribution to literature and journalism, and a chronology summarizes an important occasions in his existence. the majority of the spouse contains alphabetically prepared entries on Bierce's significant works and characters and on ancient people and writers who figured prominently in his existence and profession. hence the amount presents insurance of Bierce's contemporaries, a lot of whom he satirized in his scathing newspaper columns. the various entries checklist works for additional examining, and the booklet closes with a particular, basic bibliography. due to Bierce's crisis with such a lot of problems with his day, the amount bargains a necessary point of view on American tradition in the course of the time during which he lived.
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