Date of Award
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.
Hudgins, Walter Richardson, "Ambrose Bierce" (1939). Master's Theses. 18.