Ambrose Bierce

#75022
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
24, 1842
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Dec 26, 1913 (71)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
24, 1842
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Dec 26, 1913 (71)

About

American fiction author and journalist who is best known for his 1891 short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." He also famously published a satirical work called The Devil's Dictionary.

Before Fame

When he was fifteen years old, he left home to work for an Ohio newspaper. He went on to serve in the Union Army during several key battles of the American Civil War. He later pursued a writing career in both London and San Francisco.

Trivia

Leaving behind only a letter that read, "As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination," he disappeared forever in 1913. His fate remains a mystery.

Family Life

He separated from his wife, Mollie Day, in 1888 after discovering letters from her lover. The couple were parents to three children: Day, Leigh, and Helen.

Associated With

Kurt Vonnegut was inspired by Bierce's work.