Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company by Roy MorrisAmbrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company by Roy Morris

Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company

byRoy Morris

Paperback | November 1, 1998

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A lively and compelling portrait of one of the most acerbic and distinctive voices in American literature, Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company is a clear-eyed but sympathetic account of a complex individual at odds with his country, his family, his times, and himself. The only American writer of any stature to fight in and survive the Civil War, Bierce discovered in the conflict a bitter confirmation of his darkest assumptions about man and his nature. Profoundly disillusioned, Bierce spent the next fifty years struggling to disabuse his fellow Americans oftheir own cherished ideals--be they romantic, religious, or political. His groundbreaking short stories of the war, including his most famous work, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," have had a lasting influence on every subsequent American author dealing with war. And the heartless, hilariousaphorisms in his caustic lexicon The Devil's Dictionary have entered, often uncredited, our national consciousness. In this insightful, critically acclaimed biography, the first comprehensive study in almost fifty years, Roy Morris, Jr., accounts for both the influential art that Ambrose Bierce made from a harsh and unforgiving vision--and the high price he had to pay for it in loneliness, rancor, andspiritual isolation.
Roy Morris, Jr., is the editor of America's Civil War and the author of Sheridan: The Life and Wars of General Phil Sheridan. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Title:Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad CompanyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195126280

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A compelling portrait of a legendary voice in American literature, Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company is a clear but sympathetic account of a complex man. The only American author of any fame to fight in and survive the Civil War, Bierce came out of the war with a bitter outlook on man and his nature. What followed was a harsh and unforgiving vision of America lasting 50 years. His stories of war and his controversial Devil’s Dictionary were respected by critics but isolated him from his countrymen, his family and his times.

Editorial Reviews

"[Morris] resists oversimplified or fashionable answers to complex questions posed by Bierce's life, but always entertains the reader with his own forceful and precise writing...likely to rank among the notable biographies of the year."--Atlanta Journal Constitution