“The youth who joined the ranks, Bierce would later say, was dead. But his ordeal gave birth to a lonely, stoic, and bitter rectitude, a sensibility that was the impetus of his career as a writer and—most lastingly—of his compressed, astringent prose style.” In The Atlantic, Benjamin Schwarz looks at the life and work of Ambrose Bierce.
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