Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his The Devil's Dictionary (1911). Bierce's lucid, unsentimental style has kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have been consigned to oblivion. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce.
Collects graphic novel adaptations of Ambrose Bierce's fables and stories, including "The Disappearance of Ambrose Bierce" and "The Hypnotist.
Excerpt from A Son of the Gods: And a Horseman in the Sky Brilliant and magnetic as are these two studies by Ambrose Bierce, and especially significant as coming from one who was a boysoldier in the Civil War, they merely reflect one side of his original and many-faceted genius. Poet, critic, satirist, fan-maker, incomparable writer of fables and masterly prose sketches, a seer of startling insight, a reasoner mercilessly logical, with the delicate wit and keenness of an Irving or an Addison, the dramatic quality of a Hugo, - all of these, and still in the prime of his powers; yet so restricted has been his output and so little exploited that only the judicious few have been impressed.
Fantastic Fables" from Ambrose Bierce. American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist (1842 1914).
Bierce was considered a master of pure English by his contemporaries, and virtually everything that came from his pen was notable for its judicious wording and economy of style. He wrote in a variety of literary genres. His short stories are held among the best of the 19th century, providing a popular following based on his roots. He wrote realistically of the terrible things he had seen in the war in such stories as An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, The Boarded Window, Killed at Resaca, and Chickamauga.