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A Sole Survivor: Bits of Autobiography

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A brilliant author and satirist famous for his sardonic wit, Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) remains one of the most colorful figures in American letters. He fought in the Civil War, worked as a journalist in both the United States and England, and produced such enduring works as The Devil's Dictionary and the classic short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". In 1913, h ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by University of Tennessee Press (first published September 1998)
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Rob Charpentier
May 08, 2014 Rob Charpentier rated it liked it
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Ambrose Bierce was undeniably a unique voice in literature, especially for his time. Overall, he was an extremely popular and brilliantly wicked satirist with a ghoulish proclivity for the morbid and macabre. Naturally, the personality that went along with these traits was, to say the very least, equally colorful. So much so, that today his life actually overshadows his actual writing, something similar along the lines like that of Hunter S. Thompson.

If anything, people will at least be familiar
Jim Phillips
Sep 20, 2011 Jim Phillips rated it it was amazing
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This is a must read. There is just so much here.

Bierce's ability to combine detailed factual accounts with emotional depth all wrapped up in his famous sardonic wit are just a wonder to behold. The stories of his experiences in the American Civil War, and his wonderful observations on just about every facet of life in the latter half of the 19th century are amazing. Powerful, emotional, and amusing all in equal measure.
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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 ni
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