Chapter

What a Thing It Is to Be a Ghost

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/9780195126280.003.0011
What a Thing It Is to Be a Ghost

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William Randolph Hearst came to rescue Ambrose Bierce in early 1896, when he was holed up in Oakland alone and depressed. He gave him a new target on which to focus his flagging energies: Collis P. Huntington. Bierce headed east for the first time, along with his son Leigh as a traveling companion. He arrived at Washington in the last week of January and immediately set up headquarters at the Page Hotel near the Capitol. Bierce had despised Huntington for several years. He kept up a remorseless barrage on the now-reeling Huntington and called him as an “inflated old pigskin” and a “veteran calumniator,” among all other names. Bierce had his hardest months of hard work. His life in San Francisco as a fearless writer is detailed in this chapter.

Keywords: William Randolph Hearst; Collis P. Huntington; San Francisco; newspaper; writing

Chapter.  12132 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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