Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (born June 24, 1842; died sometime after December 26, 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. Today, he is probably best known for his short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and his satirical lexicon The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters" and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce".

Despite his reputation as a searing critic, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W. C. Morrow. Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. His style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, impossible events and the theme of war.

In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, he disappeared without a trace.

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Famous quotes by ambrose bierce:

    Destiny. A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    Convent. A place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)