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Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company

Roy Morris


This book is a portrait of one of the most acerbic and distinctive voices in American literature, a complex individual at odds with his country, his family, his times, and himself. The only American writer of any stature to fight in and survive the Civil War, Bierce discovered in the conflict a bitter confirmation of his darkest assumptions about man and his nature. Profoundly disillusioned, Bierce spent the next 50 years struggling to disabuse his fellow Americans of their own cherished ideals—be they romantic, religious, or political. His groundbreaking short stories of the war, including hi ... More

Keywords: Ambrose Bierce, Civil War, short stories, Devil's Dictionary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195126280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy Morris, author