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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 as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. His story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been described as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature", and his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (also published as In the Midst of Life) was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900.A prolific and versatile writer, Bierce was regarded as one of the most influential journalists in the United States, and as a pioneering writer of realist fiction. For his horror writing, Michael Dirda ranked him alongside Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ambrose Bierce has received more than 1,925,988 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Ambrose Bierce is the 807th most popular writer (down from 700th in 2019), the 935th most popular biography from United States (down from 750th in 2019) and the 96th 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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Among writers, Ambrose Bierce ranks 807 out of 5,755Before him are Neale Donald Walsch, Julian Barnes, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Ernest Thompson Seton, Gregory of Narek, and Isabelle de Charrière. After him are Christopher Tolkien, Muriel Spark, Jane Hawking, Menippus, Theognis of Megara, and Theodoret.

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Among people born in 1842, Ambrose Bierce ranks 16Before him are Josef Breuer, Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, James Dewar, and Arrigo Boito. After him are Hermann Cohen, Carl von Linde, Georg Brandes, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, Sophus Lie, and Vasily Vereshchagin. Among people deceased in 1914, Ambrose Bierce ranks 19Before him are Georg Trakl, Ismail Gaspirali, August Macke, Maximilian von Spee, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, and Eduard Suess. After him are Alphonse Bertillon, Alexander Samsonov, Georges Picquart, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Joseph Chamberlain, and Joseph Swan.

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Among people born in United States, Ambrose Bierce ranks 935 out of 18,182Before him are Otis Redding (1941), Tony Bennett (1926), Sarah Knauss (1880), Ray Tomlinson (1941), Jennifer Connelly (1970), and William Hurt (1950). After him are Louise Fletcher (1934), Whoopi Goldberg (1955), George Jung (1942), Forest Whitaker (1961), Albert Pike (1809), and Roy J. Glauber (1925).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ambrose Bierce ranks 96Before him are Stephen Covey (1932), Sherwood Anderson (1876), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), John Fante (1909), Virginia Satir (1916), and Neale Donald Walsch (1943). After him are Thomas Pynchon (1937), Sam Shepard (1943), L. Frank Baum (1856), Walter Lippmann (1889), Jean Webster (1876), and Clifford D. Simak (1904).