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Ambrose Bierce

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce

Profession: Writer & Satirist

United States of America

Biography: His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon entitled "The Devil's Dictionary".

Born: June 24, 1842
Birthplace: Meigs County, Ohio, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: January 11, 1914 (aged 71)

Married Life

  • 1871-12-25 Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day

Historical Events

  • 1881-01-01 Ambrose Bierce is appointed editor of "The Wasp" magazine
  • 1885-09-11 Ambrose Bierce finishes as editor of The Wasp magazine
  • 1913-12-26 Ambrose Bierce’s last known communication, a letter to his close friend Blanche Partington

Quotes by Ambrose Bierce

  • "Consultation, noun: The process of soliciting objections to a course of action already decided upon."

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