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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War Dates given for short stories are the earliest publication dates in magazines and Works by Ambrose Bierce at Project Gutenberg · Works by or about Ambrose Bierce at Internet Archive · Ambrose Bierce at the Internet Speculative. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 26 by Ambrose Bierce. The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. City council removes plan to build luxury homes atop ancient Palestinian village't just go rattle off question after question;Internet dating is.
Sherman also endorsed the application for admission even though stating he had no personal acquaintance with Bierce. He was discharged from the army in January His military career resumed, however, in mid, when he joined General Hazen as part of an expedition to inspect military outposts across the Great Plains.
The expedition traveled by horseback and wagon from OmahaNebraskaarriving toward year's end in San FranciscoCalifornia. Ambrose Bierce, by J. They had three children: Both of Bierce's sons died before he did. Day committed suicide after a romantic rejection,   and Leigh died of pneumonia related to alcoholism.
They divorced in Bierce was an avowed agnostic. Bierce lived and wrote in England from tocontributing to Fun magazine."John Mortonson's Funeral" by Ambrose Bierce
From tohe traveled to Rockerville and Deadwood in the Dakota Territoryto try his hand as local manager for a New York mining company. When the company failed he returned to San Francisco and resumed his career in journalism.
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From January 1, until September 11, he was editor of The Wasp magazine, in which he began a column titled "Prattle". He also became one of the first regular columnists and editorialists on William Randolph Hearst 's newspaper, The San Francisco Examiner eventually becoming one of the most prominent and influential writers and journalists[ citation needed ] of the West Coast.
He remained associated with Hearst Newspapers until Central Pacific executive Collis P. Bierce's residence right18 Logan CircleWashington, D.
The essence of the plot was secrecy; the railroads' advocates hoped to get the bill through Congress without any public notice or hearings. When the angered Huntington confronted Bierce on the steps of the Capitol and told Bierce to name his price, Bierce's answer ended up in newspapers nationwide: If, when you are ready to pay, I happen to be out of town, you may hand it over to my friend, the Treasurer of the United States.
Bierce returned to California in November.
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce — Volume 2: In the Midst of Life: Tales of
McKinley accusation[ edit ] Because of his penchant for biting social criticism and satire, Bierce's long newspaper career was often steeped in controversy. On several occasions his columns stirred up a storm of hostile reaction, which created difficulties for Hearst. Bierce meant his poem to express a national mood of dismay and fear, but after McKinley was shot init seemed to foreshadow the crime: The bullet that pierced Goebel's breast Can not be found in all the West; Good reason, it is speeding here To stretch McKinley on his bier.
Hearst was thereby accused by rival newspapers—and by then- Secretary of State Elihu Root —of having called for McKinley's assassination. Despite a national uproar that ended his ambitions for the presidency and even his membership in the Bohemian ClubHearst kept employing Bierce. His most popular stories were written in rapid succession between andin what was characterized as "a tremendous burst of consummate art".
His grimly realistic cycle of 25 war stories has been called "the greatest anti-war document in American literature". His Fantastic Fables anticipated the ironic style of grotesquerie that became a more common genre in the 20th century.
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.
Described as "howlingly funny",  it consists of satirical definitions of English words which lampoon cant and political double-talk. Bierce edited the twelve volumes of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, which were published from to The seventh volume consists solely of The Devil's Dictionary.
Bierce has been criticized by his contemporaries and later scholars for deliberately pursuing improbability and for his penchant toward " trick endings ". Lovecraft characterized Bierce's fictional work as "grim and savage. Bierce is among our three greatest writers.
Howells is the other two.
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
By December he had passed through Louisiana and Texascrossing by way of El Paso into Mexico, which was in the throes of revolution. His last known communication with the world was a letter he wrote there to Blanche Partingtona close friend, dated December 26, There was an official investigation by U. Some of Villa's men were questioned at the time of his disappearance and afterwards, with contradictory accounts. Pancho Villa's representative in the U. Sommerfeldwas contacted by U.
Four writers are known to have written witty definitions of words before him. Bierce's earliest known predecessor was the Persian poet and satirist Nizam al-Din Ubaydullah Zakani Ubayd Zakaniwho wrote his satirical Ta'rifat Definitions in the thirteenth century.
Prior to Bierce, the best-known writer of amusing definitions was Samuel Johnson. Johnson's Dictionary defined 42, words, almost all seriously. A small handful have witty definitions and became widely quoted, but they were infrequent exceptions to Johnson's learned and serious explanations of word meanings.
Most people assume that Webster's text is unrelieved by humor, but as Bierce himself was to discover and describe Webster made witty comments in a tiny number of definitions.
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It included definitions of four terms and was published in early Even so, Bierce's short glossary spawned imitators. One imitator even copied the name of Bierce's column. Book publication[ edit ] On 4 NovemberBierce wrote to a friend that he was at last reshaping the witty definitions from his newspaper columns into a book, and was irritated by his imitators: Thompson and his definitions would have an unexpected impact on the publication of Bierce's book. Instead the contract used the same title as Bierce's nationally distributed newspaper columns: Here in the East the Devil is a sacred personage the Fourth Person of the Trinity, as an Irishman might say and his name must not be taken in vain.