By Robert L. Gale
Ambrose Bierce used to be born in 1842 and mysteriously disappeared in 1914. in the course of his lifetime, he used to be a debatable and prolific author, and there's starting to be curiosity in his works. As a Union soldier throughout the Civil battle, he witnessed bloodshed and the atrocities of conflict. After the battle, he begun a occupation as a journalist in San Francisco, the place lots of his newspaper columns have been choked with venom and bold. furthermore, he wrote warfare tales and stories of the supernatural, in addition to an collection of poems. this day, he's most likely most sensible remembered because the writer of The Devil's Dictionary, initially released as The Cynic's Dictionary in 1906. This reference is a consultant to his lifestyles and writings.
An commencing essay overviews Bierce's contribution to literature and journalism, and a chronology summarizes crucial occasions in his existence. the majority of the better half contains alphabetically prepared entries on Bierce's significant works and characters and on historic individuals and writers who figured prominently in his existence and occupation. hence the amount presents insurance of Bierce's contemporaries, lots of whom he satirized in his scathing newspaper columns. the various entries checklist works for extra analyzing, and the publication closes with a specific, basic bibliography. due to Bierce's challenge with such a lot of problems with his day, the amount deals a worthy standpoint on American tradition in the course of the time within which he lived.
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An Ambrose Bierce Companion by Robert L. Gale