The style and motives of Ambrose Gwinnet Bierce are those of a great intellect and cynic. Through his short stories, his views on war, death, religion, love, and for a twist, the supernatural are blatantly illustrated. His experiences in his own life evidently shaped his literary works, and the end of his life – as mysterious as it was – was fitting for such a man.
Having no true formal education, other than that from his one-year
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really was and what he stood for. He was a most intriguing author, with an equally fascinating life whose name, in my opinion, should be given the same respect as Whitman, Poe, and Hemingway.
1. Bierce, Ambrose. Tales of Soldiers & Civilians; The Heritage Press, NY; 1943.
2. Sibley, Joe H. Ambrose Bierce: A Sole Survivor, Bits of Autobiography; Civil War History; Kent State University Press; June 1999.
3. Sowa, Edward S. The Fiction of Ambrose G. Bierce; Doubleday; 1965.