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For those of you who wonder who Ambrose Bierce is...

Posted by Richard Foxall, May 3, 2012.

Newly edited collection of his stuff coming out and a nice bio contained in this article.

Since frequent visitors here have watched GregT and dmcker vie for the title of "Most Likely to be the Current Reincarnation of Ambrose Bierce," this non-wine related item might be of interest.

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Reply by napagirl68, May 4, 2012.

OK...   I'm gonna say it... ROTFLMAO!   I vote for Dmcker!!!!!!

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Reply by EMark, May 4, 2012.

Good movie that most people have never seen:  "Old Gringo"--a suggested accounting of Bierce in Mexico during the 1913 revolution.  Fictional, no doubt, but very entertaining, and I think that the characterization of Bierce fits the mold of my conception of him.

Of course, it may be that I really liked this movie because I am a big Gregory Peck fan.

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Reply by zufrieden, May 4, 2012.

There has been some discussion of Ambrose Bierce on these pages, and no doubt this post is an attempt to get something going on this great man.  Since we are all friends in our love of the finer things in life (e. g. wine), I will admit to a great admiration for late 19th and early 20th century American journalism (perhaps up to and including H. L. Mencken).  Mr. Bierce is a giant of the period only eclipsed by Mark Twain. The movie just referred to (The Old Gringo - starring Greg Peck) only looked at a fanciful account of his time in Mexico at the time of the Revolution in the northern states of that Meso-American nation circa 1911.  The more formative period in Bierce's life took place in his Ohio (and Indiana) childhood and during the Civil War war where he saw the horrow of Shiloh TN and was wounded at Kennesaw Mountain GA.

Today it is difficult to image the clatter and confusion of a mid-nieteenth century battle (and I certainly wasn't there), but I recommend you read the short story Chicamauga (rather than Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge) to understand the deeper psychological damage this side of the war inflicted on him.

A day discussing Ambrose Bierce cannot be a day lost.


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