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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)

Works in the Collection      Manuscript Materials      Other Resources

Ambrose Bierce was born in Ohio in 1842. His service in the Civil War provided the basis for many of his writings, such as the well-known "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge." Bierce's war experiences also left him deeply disillusioned, and much of his career as a writer, journalist, and editor was marked by a strong cynicism. The most famous product of this was The Cynic's Word Book, first published in 1906, but now better known by its later title, The Devil's Dictionary. In 1913, Bierce set off for Mexico to find Pancho Villa, and was last seen in December of that year. It is not known exactly when or where he died.

Works in the EAF Collection

The Fiend's Delight by Dod Grile [pseud]. (1873)

Other Resources

Bierce works in the Modern English Collection from the Electronic Text Center

Bierce works in the American Poetry Database (restricted to VIVA users)

Guides to Ambrose Bierce manuscript holdings from UVA Special Collections :

Bierce, Ambrose, Papers of: #5992 through 5992-r

Bierce, Ambrose, Letter to: #5992-s