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The Shadow on the Dial and Other Essays

Barnes & Noble Digital Library

by Ambrose Bierce


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In this collection of essays, published in 1909, Bierce offers his incisive and sardonic commentary on many social issues of the day. He proffers arguments that are still in use by today's pundits, making his essays such as “The Game of Politics," “The Death Penalty," and “The Right to Work," seem surprisingly modern.

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Ambrose Bierce (Author)

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was an American short-story writer, journalist, and critic. He is known for his collection, Write it Right and a volume of ironic definitions, The Devil's Dictionary. Disillusioned with American life, he moved to Mexico...

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