Ambrose Bierce was an American writer, journalist and printer, perhaps most famous for "The Devil's Dictionary," a concentrated dose of satiric cynicism. Associated in later life with the California literary scene, he disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the early years of the twentieth century.
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He was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer,and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon The Devil's Dictionary. Bierce was known to encourage younger writers,
His style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, impossible events and the theme of war.
What became of the mysterious man, who at the age of 70 years, decided to revisit the Civil War battlefields of his youth? Was he involved in the Mexican Revolt? How did he know the Baron of Arizona? read more