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A Sole Survivor

Bits of Autobiography
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A brilliant author and satirist famous for his sardonic wit, Ambrose Bierce remains one of the most colorful figures in American letters. He fought in the Civil War, worked as a journalist in both the United States and England, and produced such enduring works as The Devil's Dictionary and the classic short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." In 1913, he disappeared into war-torn Mexico and is believed to have died there. This book brings together, for the first time in one volume, all of Bierce's autobiographical writings; much of this material has never been reprinted since its original appearance in newspapers. The editors have organized these writings into a comprehensive account of Bierce's long life. The core of the book is "Bits of Autobiography," a series of eleven essays Bierce wrote about his Civil War experiences (in which he saw action at key battles such as Shiloh and Chickamauga), his adventures as a Treasury Department aide in the Reconstruction era South, and his three years as a Grub Street hack in London.

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September 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: A Sole Survivor: Bits of Autobiography
Author(s): Ambrose Bierce, S T Joshi, David E Schultz
ISBN: 1-57233-018-X / 978-1-57233-018-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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