This book contains a memoir and numerous letters written by the American writer, Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce. This volume offers the reader a unique insight into the life and mind of Bierce, and is highly recommended for those with an interest in this seminal man of letters. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 - 1914) was an editor, journalist, and writer of short stories, as well as a keen satirist. His personal mantra "e;Nothing matters"e; and his cynical view of human nature earned him the moniker "e;Bitter Bierce"e;. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.