Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

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Ambrose Gwinett Bierce1842-1914(?)

He was born in 1842 in Meigs County,Ohio, United States.

Last seen in1914 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico.

His parents were a poor but literary couple who instilled in him a deep love for books and writing.

He was a Journalist, editorialist, fabulistand a Writer.

Bierce enlisted in the Union Army's 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment

In 1862, Bierce fought at the Battle of Shiloh. The memoir "What I Saw of Shiloh".

Biography1879

Both of Bierce's sons died. He separated form his wife in 1888

In 1913 he went to Mexico in the midst of a revolution led by Pancho Villa

Carlos Fuentes- Gringo Viejo

"Bitter Bierce"Known for his satirical wit and sardonic view of human nature

During his career as a journalist, poet, and author of fiction and nonfiction, Ambrose Bierce published more than four million words.

Bierce's short stories are based on the terrible things he had seen during war time.

ContextAmbrose Bierces work was mainly set around the events of the Civil War.

Context

Realism 1860 - 1890Naturalism1880 - 1920An Occurrence at Owl Creek BridgeA horseman in the skyThe devils dictionary

Most famous works

FilmsAt least three films have been made based onAn Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.The Bridge, a silent film in 1929, and two versions of Twilight Zone episodes in 1964, one in French, the other English.

10An Occurrence at Owl Creek BridgePlot

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Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge.The damned thingIs separated in four parts.Told from different perspectives, the story focuses on a fatal accident that is written as a wild animal attack.

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Present at a HangingWe hope you will enjoy his well-known works and also venture deeper into his collection to find out your favorites.

ReferencesMcPherson, James. A Brief Overview of the American Civil War. Civil war trust. Retrieved from: http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/civil-war-overview/overview.htmlEmert, Scott D. Reversals in the Fortunes of War: Ambrose Bierce, Literary Naturalism, and One of the Missing. The Ambrose Bierce Project. Retrieved from: http://www.ambrosebierce.org/journal1emmert.htmlhttp://www.ambrosebierce.org/works.htmlhttp://americanliterature.com/author/ambrose-bierce/bio-books-storieshttp://learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-programs-radio-american-stories/latest/1581/1581.html