Ambrose Bierce - Research Article from American Civil War Reference Library

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Growing Up in Poverty

Ambrose Bierce was born in southeastern Ohio in 1842, but he spent most of his childhood in Indiana. He was the tenth of thirteen children born to Marcus Aurelius and Laura Bierce, poor farmers who struggled to provide food and clothing for their children. Ambrose spent a good deal of his childhood tackling farm chores under the watchful supervision of his disciplinarian mother. As a result, he received very little formal schooling. But his father loved to read books, and young Ambrose borrowed volumes from his father's modest library whenever he could. Literature thus became his only source of relief from a childhood that he later recalled with great bitterness.

When Bierce was fifteen years old, he left the family farm to take a job as a printer's assistant on an abolitionist (antislavery) newspaper called the Northern Indianan. Two years later, his parents scraped together...

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