Berkove, Lawrence. Presciption for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2002. Iconoclastic study that revises the traditional view of Bierce as a cynic.
Bierce, Ambrose. A Much Misunderstood Man: Selected Letters of Ambrose Bierce. Edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schutz. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003. A collection of the author’s correspondence calculated to nourish a more sympathetic portrait than is usually presented of Bierce.
Bierce, Ambrose. The Short Fiction of Ambrose Bierce: A Comprehensive Edition. Edited by S. T. Joshi, Lawrence I. Berkove, and David E. Schultz. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 2007. This comprehensive collection of Bierce’s short fiction is covered in three volumes spanning 1868-1910. The general introduction as well as the introductions to the sections are lucidly written, drawing attention to the themes and literary devices that appear in many of Bierce’s stories. The editors provide a wealth of information on the author’s short fiction and give readers the tools to examine the works critically.
Bierce, Ambrose. Phantoms of a Blood-Stained Period: The Complete Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce. Edited by Russell Duncan and David J. Klooster. Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 2002. This volume collects all of Bierce’s Civil War writings and places each piece in the historical context of the war. The lengthy introduction describes Bierces’s battlefield experiences and discusses their effect on the psyche and literary expression of the writer.
Butterfield, Herbie. “’Our Bedfellow Death’: The Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce.” In The Nineteenth Century American Short Story, edited by A. Robert Lee. Totowa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble, 1985. A brief, general introduction to the themes and techniques of some of Bierce’s most representative short stories.
Conlogue, William. “A Haunting Memory: Ambrose Bierce and the Ravine of the Dead.” Studies in Short Fiction 28 (Winter, 1991): 21-29. Discusses Bierce’s symbolic use of the topographical feature of the ravine as a major symbol of death in five...