Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce's unfortunate absence from the canon defined by the Library of America series is hereby remedied. The famed cynic and speculatively brilliant writer -- see "The Damned Thing" as an example -- displays all his glorious wit and outsider's perspective, fostered by the tender editing of scholar S. T. Joshi. Perhaps Bierce will now emerge from his fabled and unexplained vanishing to undertake a signing tour with extensive media coverage.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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