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Ambrose Bierce

Author, Journalist, Lexicographer (24-Jun-1842 — c. 1914)


Lawrence I. Berkove. Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce. Ohio State University Press. 2002. 225pp.

Donald T. Blume. Ambrose Bierce's "Civilians and Soldiers" in Context: A Critical Study. Kent State University Press. 2004. 336pp.

Adolphe De Castro. Portrait of Ambrose Bierce. New York and London: Century. 1929. 351pp.

Cathy N. Davidson. The Experimental Fictions of Ambrose Bierce: Structuring the Ineffable. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. 1984. 166pp.

Cathy N. Davidson (editor). Critical Essays on Ambrose Bierce. Boston, MA: Hall. 1982.

Paul Fatout. Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Lexicographer. University of Oklahoma Press. 1951.

Paul Fatout. Ambrose Bierce and the Black Hills. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. 1956. 180pp.

Robert L. Gale. An Ambrose Bierce Companion. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2001.

S. T. Joshi. Ambrose Bierce: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1999.

Roger K. Larson (editor). Dear Master: Letters of George Sterling to Ambrose Bierce, 1900-1912. San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California. 2002.

Daniel Lindley. Ambrose Bierce Takes on the Railroad: The Journalist as Muckraker and Cynic. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1999.

Carey McWilliams. Ambrose Bierce: A Biography. New York: Albert & Charles Boni. 1929. 358pp.

Sibley S. Morrill. Ambrose Bierce, F. A. Mitchell-Hedges, and the Crystal Skull. Cadleon Press. 1972.

Roy Morris. Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company. New York City: Crown Publishers. 1995. 318pp.

Walter Neale. Life of Ambrose Bierce. New York: Walter Neale. 1929. 489pp.

Joseph Noel. Footloose in Arcadia: A Personal Record of Jack London, George Sterling, Ambrose Bierce. New York: Carrick & Evans. 1940.

Richard O'Connor. Ambrose Bierce: A Biography. Boston: Little, Brown. 1967. 333pp.

Bertha Clark Pope (editor). Letters of Ambrose Bierce. San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California. 1922. 204pp.

Lois Rather. Bittersweet: Ambrose Bierce and Women. Oakland: Rather Press. 1975. 133pp.

Michael W. Schaefer. Just What War Is: The Civil War Writings of De Forest and Bierce. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press. 1997.

Vincent Starrett. Ambrose Bierce: A Bibliography. Philadelphia, PA: The Centaur Book Shop. 1929.

Franklin Walker. Ambrose Bierce: The Wickedest Man in San Francisco. San Francisco, CA: The Colt Press. 1941.

Stuart C. Woodruff. The Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce: A Study in Polarity. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. 1964.


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  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  7. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.102)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.154)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.99)

  10. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.28)

  11. American Authors 1600-1900 (pp.75-77)

  12. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.73)

  13. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.108)

  14. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.63)

  15. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.54)

  16. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.73)

  17. Atlantic: Brief Lives: A Biographical Companion to the Arts (p.60)

  18. Legends in Their Own Time (p.24)

  19. Biographical Dictionary of Newspaper Columnists (pp.29-31)

  20. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.2)

  21. Makers of 19th Century Culture: 1800-1914 (p.39)

  22. Literary Journalism: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers and Editors (p.25)

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