Date of Award

Spring 1939

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




While Bierce is not a great writer, when compared with the really great, he has a peculiar fascination for a select group of readers. And his fame will live more by change than by any general public acclaim. Like many others, I first became acquainted with him purely by accident. Since then I have come to know him better through desire.

Of the scores of people I have asked to give their reaction to Bierce, scacely more than a half dozen professed any knowledge that such a person ever existed. This much I noticed: All of the people who knew him had read more than one of his books, and expressed a desire to know more about him. Thus I predict a small, obscure, but permanent place for Ambrose Bierce in American literature.