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

“The covers of this book are too far apart.”
Ambrose Bierce

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
Ambrose Bierce

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June 2020 Short Story/Novella Poll

The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells, Less than 56 pages, 1904
 
  80 votes, 25.3%

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  76 votes, 24.1%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages +-, 1902
 
  49 votes, 15.5%

 
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