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Direst of All Disasters

Roy Morris, Jr.

in Ambrose Bierce

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195126280
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126280.003.0001
Direst of All Disasters

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Ambrose Bierce was the editor of the aptly named weekly Wasp, and Oscar Wilde's closest American counterpart in the near-lethal practice of aphorism and retort. He did not so much edit God than audit Him. He had given himself the task of telling the truth. Bierce looked to his ancestors for guidance and rejected their over religiosity. To him, family traditions and family trees meant very little. He never tried to trace his ancestry. Bierce's family was depicted in several paragraphs. As he was feeling deprived in his family, or at least ignored, he withdrew. There grew an existential sense of aloneness due to his family. Outside the family, on the other hand, Bierce found the social pickings equally sparse.

Keywords: Ambrose Bierce; Oscar Wilde; family; ancestry; Wasp

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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