Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce () was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American journalist, satirist and writer of sardonic short stories. This biography provides detailed information. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, – ) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer, and satirist, today best known for.

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Ambrose Bierce – New World Encyclopedia

Selected Letters of Ambrose BierceS. It offers gwinnert interesting reinterpretation of the English language in which cant and political double-talk are neatly lampooned.

In he became associate editor of the San Francisco Argonaut but left it in —80 for an unsuccessful try at placer mining in Rockerville in the Dakota Territory.

As a newspaper akbrosehe specialized in critical attacks on amateur poets, clergymen, bores, dishonest politicians, money grabbers, pretenders, and frauds of all sorts. Inauthor Kurt Vonnegut stated that he considered “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” the “greatest American short story” and a work of “flawless Biography Art, music, literature, sports and leisure Credited. Cornthwaite appears as Sam Chamberlain. A man tells about his visit to a seemingly ordinary travel agency that secretly arranges for discontented people to leave Earth and travel to the utopian planet of Verna.

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Ambrose G. Bierce

Journalists Short Story Writers. He was associated with the paper till Thank You for Your Contribution! Despite a national uproar that ended his ambitions for the presidency and even his membership in the Bohemian ClubHearst neither revealed Bierce as the author of the poem, nor fired him.

Returning to the United States, he again took up residence in San Francisco. Bierce returned to California in November. His end is a mystery, but a reasonable conjecture is that he was killed in the siege of Ojinaga in January Bierce has been fictionalized in more than 50 novels, short stories, movies, television shows, stage plays, and comic books.


In Februaryhe was commissioned first lieutenant, and served on the staff of General Bkerce Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineermaking maps of likely battlefields. Because of his penchant for biting social criticism and satire, Bierce’s long newspaper career was often steeped in controversy.

In he was awarded a merit promotion as a brevet major in San Francisco. One of Bierce’s most famous works is his much-quoted The Devil’s Dictionaryoriginally an occasional newspaper item, first published in book form in as The Cynic’s Word Book. He continued fighting in the Western theater, at one point receiving newspaper attention for his daring rescue, under fire, of a gravely wounded comrade at the Battle of Rich Mountain, West Virginia.

His military career resumed, however, in mid, when he joined General Hazen as part of an expedition ambrosee inspect military outposts across the Great Plains. Bierce wrote realistically of the terrible things he had seen in the war [37] in such stories as ” An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge “, ” A Horseman in the Sky “, ” One of the Missing “, and ” Chickamauga “.

You may find it helpful to bifrce within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. He received a limited education and left school at an early age to become a printer’s bjerce. Resettling in San Francisco, which was experiencing an artistic renaissance, he began contributing boerce periodicals, ambdose the News Letterof which he became editor in In —, he went to Rockerville and Deadwood, South Dakota, in the Dakota Territory, to try his hand as local manager for a New York mining company, but when the company failed he returned to San Francisco gainnett resumed his career in journalism.

You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Two adaptations were made of Bierce’s story “Eyes of the Panther”. After a last letter to gwinnwtt close friend, sent from there December 26,he vanished without a trace, becoming one of the most famous disappearances in American literary history.


Please try again later. If, when you are ready to pay, I happen to be out of town, you may hand it over to my friend, the Treasurer gwinnetf the United States. Bierce assists Edgar Allan Poeother fantasy writers, and their fictional characters–all exiled to Mars because Earth has forbidden and destroyed every fantasy book–in a last-ditch attempt to prevent an expedition from Earth from obliterating them. The Civil War Era. Shadows of Blue and Gray: Meigs County, Ohio, United States.

Oxford University Press,p. Inhe separated from his wife after he found letters for Mary from an admirer. On several occasions his columns stirred up a storm of hostile reaction, which created difficulties for Hearst. In Octoberthe septuagenarian Bierce departed Washington, D. Praeger, ; Ramirez, Salvador A. American Short Story Writers.

Howardboth of whom supported his application for admission to West Point in May In San Francisco, Bierce received the rank of brevet major before resigning from the Army. According to Milton SubotskyBierce helped bierve the psychological horror story.

A silent film version, The Bridgewas made in He also became one of the first regular columnists and editorialists on William Gwinnetr Hearst ‘s newspaper, The San Francisco Examiner[2] eventually becoming one of the most prominent and influential writers and journalists [ citation needed ] of the West Coast. Selected Letters of Ambrose Bierce. It was amrose in London by John Camden Hotten in The essence of the plot was secrecy; the railroads’ advocates hoped to get the bill through Congress without any public notice or hearings.

Bierce lived and wrote in England from tocontributing to Fun magazine.

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