A Much Misunderstood Man: Selected Letters of Ambrose Bierce

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Ohio State University Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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"The binding thread throughout this edited collection of Ambrose Bierce's letters is the argument that Bierce has too often vilified as a cynical misanthrope. Joshi and Schultz believe that Bierce's human side has been ignored by scholars, and they work here to rectify this oversight. The importance of this collection is underscored by the fact that no collection of Bierce's letters has been published since 1922. This selection represents a sampling of nearly one-half million words of Bierce's correspondence, which Joshi and Schultz are the first to gather and transcribe." "The letters reveal many sides of Bierce that he deliberately concealed in his literary work: the caring father who keenly felt the deaths of his two sons and took constant interest in the welfare of his only daughter; the literary giant of San Francisco who gathered around him a substantial cadre of disciples whose work he encouraged and meticulously criticized; the vigorous castigator of chicanery, hypocrisy, and injustice wherever he saw it; and the author of coyly flirtatious letters to a number of female correspondents. For the first time, a well-rounded picture of Bierce the man and writer emerges in his own words. The volume ends chillingly with Bierce's last surviving letter, written from Chihuahua, Mexico, on December 26, 1913, which concludes: "As for me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination." Bierce was never heard from again." "The letters have been scrupulously edited from manuscript sources and exhaustively annotated to elucidate obscure historical, literary, and other references."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

To Clara Wright 8 June 1864
1
To Bret Harte December 1870
3
To John H Carmany February 1871?
4
To John H Carmany 15 March 1871
5
To Timothy H Rearden 8 January 1872
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To Charles Warren Stoddard 29 December 1872
7
To Charles Warren Stoddard 16 March 1873
8
To Charles Warren Stoddard 28 September 1873
10
To Robert H Davis 12 October 1904
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To Herman Scheffauer 4 5 November 1904
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To George Sterling 18 February 1905
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To Herman Scheffauer 10 April 1905
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To George Sterling 16 May 1905
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To Myles Walsh 6 June 1905
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To George Sterling 16 June 1905
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To S O Howes 17 September 1905
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To Charles Warren Stoddard 22 November 1873
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To Charles Warren Stoddard January 1874?
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To Charles Warren Stoddard 26 April 1874
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To Charles Warren Stoddard 4 July 1874
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To Charles Warren Stoddard 2 June 1875
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To Laura Bierce 13 February 1876
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To Laura Bierce 30 April 1876
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To Helen Bierce 2 April 1885
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To John H Boalt 16 April 1885
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To Sergt Abe Dills 13 August 1887
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To Helen Bierce September 1890?
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To Ella Sterling Cummins 13 March 1892
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To Blanche Partington 31 July 1892
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To Blanche Partington 15 August 1892
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To Blanche Partington 17 August 1892
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To Blanche Partington 28 September 1892
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To Blanche Partington 25 December 1892
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To Blanche Partington 9 January 1893
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To Gustav Adolphe Danziger 1 February 1893
31
To Blanche Partington 5 February 1893
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To Gustav Adolphe Danziger 11 February 1893
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To James Tufts 16 April 1893
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To Percival Pollard 22 April 1893
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To Blanche Partington 26 April 1893
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To Percival Pollard 20 July 1893
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To Stone Kimball 7 November 1893
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To Stone Kimball 4 December 1893
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To Mrs E L G Steele 3 July 1894?
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To Carroll Carrington 26 June 1895
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To Herman Scheffauer 12 August 1895
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To Ray Frank 5 September 1895
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To Lily Walsh 13 October 1895
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To C W Doyle 22 November 1895
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To C W Doyle 22 December 1895
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To Myles Walsh 16 February 1896
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To C W Doyle 22 March 1896
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To C W Doyle 25 May 1896
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To Ray Frank 30 October 1896
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To C W Doyle 8 February 1897
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To Edwin Markham 19 May 1897
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To Ray Frank 3 October 1897
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To Percival Pollard 12 October 1897
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To C W Doyle 26 December 1897
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To Jean Hazen 16 March 1898
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To Percival Pollard 8 January 1899
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To Eleanor Vore 27 January 1899
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To Edwin Markham 14 March 1899
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To Edmund Clarence Stedman 19 March 1899
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ToS O Howes 4 May 1899
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To S G Blythe 27 November 1899
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To Herman Scheffauer 8 June 1900
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To Gustav Adolphe Danziger 21 August 1900
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To Herman Scheffauer 1 December 1900
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To Gustav Adolphe Danziger late December 1900?
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To C W Doyle 23 January 1901
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To Herman Scheffauer 29 March 1901
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To Herman Scheffauer 2 April 1901
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To Myles Walsh 7 September 1901
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To George Sterling 16 December 1901
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To George Sterling 15 March 1902
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To Robert H Davis summer 1902?
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To George Sterling 10 July 1902
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To Herman Scheffauer 2 August 1902
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To Herman Scheffauer September 1902?
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To Herman Scheffauer 5 October 1902
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To Herman Scheffauer 23 October 1902
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To Herman Scheffauer 5 February 1903
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To George Sterling 1 March 1903
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To Herman Scheffauer 27 March 1903
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To Herman Scheffauer 6 May 1903?
103
To George Sterling 13 June 1903
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To Herman Scheffauer July 1903
106
To Herman Scheffauer 4 August 1903
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To George Sterling 12 September 1903
110
To Herman Scheffauer 27 September 1903
111
To Herman Scheffauer 12 October 1903
113
To Herman Scheffauer 11 November 1903
114
To George Sterling 8 January 1904
115
To George Sterling 31 January 1904
117
To Herman Scheffauer 12 February 1904
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To George Sterling 29 February 1904
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To Herman Scheffauer 20 March 1904
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To George Sterling 11 May 1904
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To Herman Scheffauer 17 July 1904
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To George Sterling 4 August 1904
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To George Sterling 5 October 1904
126
To S O Howes 4 November 1905
141
To John OHara Cosgrave 19 November 1905
142
To George Harvey 19 November 1905
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To George Sterling 3 December 1905
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To George Sterling 3 February 1906
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To George Sterling 12 March 1906
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To George Sterling 20 April 1906
149
To George Sterling 6 May 1906
150
To S O Howes 9 June 1906
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To George Sterling 11 June 1906
153
To William Randolph Hearst 12 October 1906
155
To Perriton Maxwell 23 November 1906
156
ToS O Howes 19 February 1907
157
To George Sterling 21 February 1907
158
To George Sterling 11 June 1907
159
To William Randolph Hearst 8 July 1907
160
To William Randolph Hearst 13 July 1907
161
To George Sterling 17 August 1907
162
To George Sterling 7 September 1907
164
To Herman Scheffauer 30 September 1907
165
To W C Morrow 9 October 1907
166
To Robert H Davis 13 October 1907
167
To James D Blake 29 October 1907?
169
To Helen Bierce Cowden 14 November 1907
170
To S O Howes 30 November 1907 1 December 1907
171
To S S Chamberlain 22 March 1908
172
To S O Howes 24 March 1908
173
To William Randolph Hearst 30 March 1908
174
To Herman Scheffauer 31 March 1908
175
To Walter Neale 28 April 1908
178
To George Sterling 8 May 1908
179
To William Randolph Hearst 18 May 1908
180
To William Randolph Hearst 23 May 1908
182
To Walter Neale 7 June 1908
183
To George Sterling 11 July 1908
185
To George Sterling 14 August 1908
187
To George Sterling 6 November 1908
189
To Herman Scheffauer 10 January 1909
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To William Randolph Hearst 7 March 1909
191
To George dUtassy 23 March 1909
193
To Harry Cowden 8 August 1909
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To S O Howes 6 September 1909
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To George Sterling 29 January 1910
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To S O Howes 7 March 1910
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To George Sterling 7 March 1910
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To Walter Neale 24 May 1910
202
To Walter Neale 15 July 1910
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To George Sterling 1 September 1910
204
To William E Connelley 4 October 1910
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To Lora Bierce 29 November 1910
206
To George Sterling 15 February 1911
207
To Ruth Robertson 1 March 1911
209
To Colonel Archibald Gracie 9 March 1911
210
To Walter Neale 22 March 1911
212
To Samuel Loveman 28 May 1911
213
To George Sterling 31 July 1911
214
ToS O Howes 17 September 1911
215
To George Sterling 29 September 1911
216
To Walter Neale 21 October 1911
217
To George Sterling 16 November 1911
218
To Mrs Percival Pollard 17 December 1911
219
To Walter Neale 3 January 1912
220
To George Sterling 25 April 1912
221
To Walter Neale 22 May 1912
222
ToS O Howes 14 June 1912
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To Walter Neale 2 July 1912
224
To the Editor of Town Talk 6 August 1912
225
To George Sterling 9 September 1912
226
To Blanche Partington 8 November 1912
227
To Walter Neale 8 January 1913
228
To Walter Neale 23 January 1913
232
To Helen Bierce Cowden 27 January 1913
234
To H L Mencken 21 April 1913
235
To Willard Huntington Wright 9 May 1913
236
To Amy L Wells 13 June 1913
237
To Amy L Wells 10 July 1913
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To Amy L Wells 5 August 1913
239
To Helen Bierce Cowden 10 September 1913
240
To Eleanor Vore Sickler 21 September 1913
241
To Amy L Wells 21 September 1913
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To Lora Bierce 1 October 1913
243
To Helen Bierce Cowden 4 November 1913
244
Bibliography
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Index
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About the author (2003)

Ambrose Bierce was a brilliant, bitter, and cynical journalist. He is also the author of several collections of ironic epigrams and at least one powerful story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Bierce was born in Ohio, where he had an unhappy childhood. He served in the Union army during the Civil War. Following the war, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a columnist for the newspaper the Examiner, for which he wrote a number of satirical sketches. Bierce wrote a number of horror stories, some poetry, and countless essays. He is best known, however, for The Cynic's Word Book (1906), retitled The Devil's Dictionary in 1911, a collection of such cynical definitions as "Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two." Bierce's own marriage ended in divorce, and his life ended mysteriously. In 1913, he went to Mexico and vanished, presumably killed in the Mexican revolution.

DAVID E. SCHULTZ is a technical editor with an environmental engineering firm. He has edited a critical edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Commonplace Book (1987), and with S. T. Joshi has edited various annotated editions of Lovecraft's letters. He and Joshi also compiled Ambrose Bierce: A Bibliography of Primary Sources (Greenwood, 1999).

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