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 — 18,090 ratings — published 1890 — 193 editions
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The Unabridged Devil's Dict...

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4.13 avg rating — 6,528 ratings — published 1906 — 209 editions
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Ghost and Horror Stories

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4.14 avg rating — 2,832 ratings — published 1964 — 3 editions
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The Complete Short Stories

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Civil War Stories

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The Devil's Dictionary

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The Damned Thing

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek ...

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3.86 avg rating — 477 ratings — published 1891 — 27 editions
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Can Such Things Be?

3.82 avg rating — 611 ratings — published 1893 — 101 editions
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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

April 2016 Monthly Short Story Poll

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 98 pages, 1915
 
  42 votes, 25.1%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1851
 
  32 votes, 19.2%

 
  28 votes, 16.8%

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 96 pages, 1922
 
  22 votes, 13.2%

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages, 1872
 
  11 votes, 6.6%

 
  9 votes, 5.4%

 
  7 votes, 4.2%

Everyday Use by Alice Walker, Title Story 16 pages, 1973
 
  6 votes, 3.6%

 
  6 votes, 3.6%

Reunion A single short story as found in The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever, 3 pages, 1978
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.2%

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