xi+249 pages. Royal Octavo (9 3/4" x 6 3/4") bound in original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and covers, black decorative illustration to cover. Edited by S O Howes. First edition.
Bierce is noted for his tales of the Civil War, which drew on his own experience as a Union cartographer and officer. His first job in Journalism was editor for the San Francisco News-Letter and California Advertiser, writing the entries of the "Town Crier" which constituted the first real newspaper column. His true love was satire in any form--whether ghost story, fable, newspaper column, lyrical lambaste, fantasy or pseudo-lexicography. In 1913, at the age of seventy-one, Bierce disappeared into revolution-torn Mexico to fight alongside Pancho Villa. He probably was killed at the battle of Ojinaga in 1914. Nowhere is his acerbic wit better exemplified than in this book of nineteen essays. Bierce finds fault with everything, from man's best friend to women's suffrage, and everyone takes a hit.
The essays cover a wide range of subjects, embracing among other
things government, dreams, writers of dialect, and dogs, and always the
author's point of view is fresh, original and non-Philistine. Whether
one cares to agree with him or not, one will find vast entertainment in
his wit that illuminates with lightning flashes all he touches.
Points and extremities mildly rubbed, extremities lightly sunned,offset darkening to end paper. A very good copy lacking dust wrapper.