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Ambrose Bierce : the Devil's lexicographer

Author: Paul Fatout
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press [1951] ©1951
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Ambrose Bierce once said that an experienced writer 'must be a sinner and in turn a saint, a hero, a wretch.' In a feverish lifetime, turbulent with rampant enmities and equally rampant friendships, he was looked upon as all of those, and he still is, long after vanishing in Mexico. Following the Bierce trail, often vague and sometimes lost, from Warsaw to San Francisco, I Have entertained by the enthusiasm of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Fatout, Paul.
Ambrose Bierce.
Norman, University of Oklahoma Press [1951]
(OCoLC)563560583
Named Person: Ambrose Bierce; Ambrose Bierce; Ambrose Bierce; Ambrose Bierce
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Fatout
OCLC Number: 271021
Description: xv, 349 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: The first of all disasters, 1842-55 --
Youth, 1855-61 --
A blood-stained period, 1861065 --
Peace, 1865 --
Snow-capped mountains, 1866 --
Cynic, 1867-72 --
Exile, 1872-75 --
Rational, 1875-79 --
I will spit on my hands, 1880 --
Iconoclast, 1881-86 --
To hate rascals, 1887-88 --
When the young die, 1888-89 --
Discriminate, 1890-93 --
Friendless, 1893-96 --
The company he organizes, 1896 --
Famous, 1897-99 --
Washingtonian, 1900-03 --
Not always in harmony, 1903-1905 --
Present, 1906-08 --
Road, 1908-10 --
Disappointments, 1911-12 --
Distance from hell, 1913 --
End, 1914-50.
Responsibility: by Paul Fatout.

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"Ambrose Bierce once said that an experienced writer 'must be a sinner and in turn a saint, a hero, a wretch.' In a feverish lifetime, turbulent with rampant enmities and equally rampant friendships, he was looked upon as all of those, and he still is, long after vanishing in Mexico. Following the Bierce trail, often vague and sometimes lost, from Warsaw to San Francisco, I Have entertained by the enthusiasm of pro-Bierceans, by the grumpy distaste of antis, and by the blank ignorance of many who never heard of the man. The sharp facets of a character both positive and negative, but never neutral, are a challenge to a biographer. If not particularly important as a writer, he is stimulating as a person. Hence this most recent of many attempts to interpret a controversial figure."--Page vii.

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