Full name Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce; also spelled Gwinett; also wrote under the pseudonyms Dod Grile and William Herman American short-story writer, journalist, essayist, fabulist, and poet. Bierce is widely respected for his compelling, innovative portraits of individuals in extreme circumstances, but he has also drawn negative criticism for the dark, nihilistic, and often morbid outlook of his stories. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons.
Ambrose Bierce was the author of supernatural stories that have secured his place in both the weird tradition and in American letters at large. The stories in his two primary volumes, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians a. He is also noted for his tales of the Civil War, which drew on his own experience as a Union cartographer and officer.
His first job in journalism was as editor for the San Francisco News-Letter and California Advertiserwriting the entries of the "Town Crier" which constituted the first real newspaper column.
Perhaps we can say that his true love was satire in any form -- whether ghost story or fable, newspaper column or lyrical lambaste, fantasy or pseudo-lexicography. Well-known by his mere initials, A. Inat the age of seventy-one, Bierce disappeared into revolution-torn Mexico to fight alongside the bandit Pancho Villa.
Although a popular theory is that Bierce argued with Villa over military strategy and was subsequently shot, he probably perished in the battle of Ojinaga on January 11, It is a love story; it is an elegantly constructed historical novel; it is a tale of terror.
Readers of this book may come away moved, amused, or terrified -- but chiefly they will come away with a profound understanding of what it means to be human.
Joshi from his Introduction More info at DonSwaim. The Short Fiction of Ambrose Bierce: A Comprehensive Edition Knoxville: Because it is arranged chronologically, the reader is able to watch the author develop through time, while listings by collection allow pieces to be read as Bierce himself intended.
Dust jackets for the three volumes show the author in contemporary portraits. Fans of editors S.
Joshi and David E. Schultz will not be surprised to learn that no stone has been left unturned in researching and comparing various texts -- including original periodical appearances, book selections, the Collected Works, and even the extremely few extant manuscripts.
They were joined in the present immense undertaking by Lawrence I. Ordering information at University of Tennessee Press: Order from the publisher at www.
Selected Letters of Ambrose Bierceedited by S. Ohio State University Press, Order from Ohio State University Press. University of Tennessee Press, The master uses fictional history from the future to criticize the America of his time and ours.American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena Charles Fort wrote about the unexplained disappearances of Ambrose Bierce and Ambrose Small, and asked, "Was somebody collecting Ambroses?"  Ambrose Bierce features as a character in Winston Groom's novel El Paso.
In the novel, Bierce is personally executed by Pancho Villa. Horror and the supernatural are the background of Bierce's short stories. His style is marked by vivid description, grim situations, and sardonic twists of fate.
In terms of technique, he was far ahead of his time and his short stories are among the very best in American literature. Ambrose Gwinnett.
A Vine on a House by Ambrose Bierce.
About three miles from the little town of Norton, in Missouri, on the road leading to Maysville, stands an old house that was last occupied by a family named Harding. A veteran of some of the bloodiest battles of the civil War—among them Shiloh, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and Kennesaw Mountain—Ambrose Bierce went on to become one of the darkest and most death-haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists.
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, October The Supernatural Disappearance Stories of Ambrose Bierce On October 14, , a most extrordinary article appeared in the San Francisco .