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This essay focuses on the autobiographical strategies deployed by Ambrose Bierce in response to shifting conceptions of the literary representation of everyday life. I place Bierce at the transition point between nineteenth and twentieth-century realism, between an understanding of typical experience as comfortably generic and a growing sense that the common story has produced a horrify anonymity. "Bits of Autobiography" are fragmentary and hypersubjective narratives that Bierce uses in hisdoi:10.17613/m6m59v fatcat:djrozqg3fnh6fd55gycdfvczve