Ambrose Bierce





Ambrose Bierce


Born
in Meigs County, Ohio, The United States
June 24, 1842

Genre

Influences


Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce."

Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W. C. Morrow.

Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. This style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, l
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek ...

4.02 avg rating — 15,994 ratings — published 1890 — 81 editions
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The Unabridged Devil's Dict...

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4.13 avg rating — 7,643 ratings — published 1906 — 365 editions
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Ghost and Horror Stories

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4.15 avg rating — 2,572 ratings — published 1964 — 3 editions
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The Complete Short Stories

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4.22 avg rating — 1,157 ratings — published 1970 — 12 editions
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Civil War Stories

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3.93 avg rating — 806 ratings — published 1956 — 20 editions
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek ...

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3.83 avg rating — 498 ratings — published 1980 — 29 editions
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The Damned Thing

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3.44 avg rating — 413 ratings — published 1894 — 29 editions
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Can Such Things Be?

3.79 avg rating — 459 ratings — published 1893 — 75 editions
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The Collected Writings Of A...

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Tales of Soldiers and Civil...

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“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

“The covers of this book are too far apart.”
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“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
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Polls

September 2015 Short Story Poll

1754, Candide by Voltaire, 94 pages
 
  36 votes, 26.3%

 
  18 votes, 13.1%

1924, A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, 84 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.9%

 
  13 votes, 9.5%

1905, The Game by Jack London, 103 pages
 
  11 votes, 8.0%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  11 votes, 8.0%

 
  9 votes, 6.6%

1936, Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1943, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 84 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.6%

 
  4 votes, 2.9%

1955, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.2%

1971, Reunion by Fred Uhlman, 96 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

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