This collection consists of letters written by American author and satirist Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) between 1871 and 1913,
the details of Bierce’s multi-volume
Collected Works. A majority of the letters are written to the editor of that project, Walter Neale, as well as another of Bierce's editors,
Silas Orrin Howes.
The letters often contain discourse about the
contents of the volumes, transportation of proofs, and deadlines.
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914?) was an American author and satirist best remembered for his cynical collection of definitions
known as The Devil’s Dictionary.
Bierce also penned numerous short stories, often with supernatural themes (“The Damned Thing”), Civil War themes (“A Horseman
in the Sky”), or a little of both (“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”).
Bierce’s experience as a soldier no doubt influenced his writing, and he performed excellent service for the majority of the
Civil War. After receiving a medical discharge in January
1865 for a head wound suffered during combat, Bierce began contributing essays and stories to California newspapers. William
Randolph Hearst hired Bierce to write for the San Francisco
Examiner in 1887, and Bierce gained notoriety thanks to his brutally cynical columns and editorials. After spending three years editing
his Collected Works, Bierce traveled to Mexico to
cover the rebellion of Pancho Villa. In 1914, shortly after arriving in Mexico, Bierce vanished without a trace. The circumstances
surrounding his disappearance have remained a mystery.
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