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Ambrose BierceAlone in Bad Company$
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Roy Morris

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195126280

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126280.001.0001

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What a Thing It Is to Be a Ghost

What a Thing It Is to Be a Ghost

(p.223) 11What a Thing It Is to Be a Ghost
Ambrose Bierce

Roy Morris, Jr.

Oxford University Press

William Randolph Hearst came to rescue Ambrose Bierce in early 1896, when he was holed up in Oakland alone and depressed. He gave him a new target on which to focus his flagging energies: Collis P. Huntington. Bierce headed east for the first time, along with his son Leigh as a traveling companion. He arrived at Washington in the last week of January and immediately set up headquarters at the Page Hotel near the Capitol. Bierce had despised Huntington for several years. He kept up a remorseless barrage on the now-reeling Huntington and called him as an “inflated old pigskin” and a “veteran calumniator,” among all other names. Bierce had his hardest months of hard work. His life in San Francisco as a fearless writer is detailed in this chapter.

Keywords:   William Randolph Hearst, Collis P. Huntington, San Francisco, newspaper, writing

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