Ambrose Bierce

1842 - 1914

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – c. 1914) was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and American Civil War veteran. His book The Devil's Dictionary was named one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ambrose Bierce has received more than 2,270,078 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Ambrose Bierce is the 861st most popular writer (down from 801st in 2019), the 959th most popular biography from United States (down from 935th in 2019) and the 89th most popular American Writer.

Ambrose Bierce was an American journalist, short story writer, and satirist. His most famous work is the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

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Notable Works

The monk and the hangman's daughter
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary
In the Midst of Life
The collected works of Ambrose Bierce ..
Cobwebs from an Empty Skull


Among writers, Ambrose Bierce ranks 861 out of 7,302Before him are Philippe Ariès, Jan Neruda, Ibn al-Jawzi, Ernesto Sabato, Iris Murdoch, and John Fante. After him are Philostratus, Peter Weiss, Frederick Forsyth, Aziz Nesin, Wilkie Collins, and Bernard-Henri Lévy.

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Among people born in 1842, Ambrose Bierce ranks 21Before him are Hermann Cohen, Arrigo Boito, Georg Brandes, Vasily Vereshchagin, Giovanni Giolitti, and James Dewar. After him are Sophus Lie, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, Carl von Linde, Osborne Reynolds, Édouard Lucas, and Arkhip Kuindzhi. Among people deceased in 1914, Ambrose Bierce ranks 19Before him are Ismail Gaspirali, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, August Weismann, August Macke, Georges Picquart, and Eduard Suess. After him are Maximilian von Spee, Alexander Samsonov, Alphonse Bertillon, Charles Péguy, Alfred Thayer Mahan, and Alain-Fournier.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ambrose Bierce ranks 959 out of 20,380Before him are Jane Wyman (1917), Michael Cimino (1939), Kim Kardashian (1980), Condoleezza Rice (1954), Myrtle Corbin (1868), and John Fante (1909). After him are Steve Reich (1936), Melanie Griffith (1957), Arthur Kornberg (1918), Geena Davis (1956), Barbara Stanwyck (1907), and Mickey Rooney (1920).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ambrose Bierce ranks 89Before him are Raymond Carver (1938), Leon Uris (1924), Maya Angelou (1928), Daniel Keyes (1927), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), and John Fante (1909). After him are Dashiell Hammett (1894), Joseph Campbell (1904), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Daniel Goleman (1946), and Roger Zelazny (1937).