The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - c. 1913) was an American satiric writer most famous for his short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Street Bridge,” and his mock reference book The Devil’s Dictionary, which was first published as a column in 1881 and appeared in irregular installments in magazines and newspapers over the course of thirty years. A veteran of the Civil War, Bierce’s military service and combat experience informed much of his work. Bierce disappeared in 1913 while traveling with rebel troops during the Mexican Revolution and the circumstances of his death remain a mystery.