The Wasp, March 31, 1882
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842—c. 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. The day before Wilde's lecture he published this bitter attack of Wilde (opposite) in his column entitled "Prattle".
The fact that many people today might ask "Ambrose who?" suggests that he was on the wrong side of history about Wilde, and the relentlessness of his polemic, particularly on the eve of Wilde's special lecture to a female audience, probably says more about his own prejudices than it does about Oscar Wilde.
However, what he said is worth recording as it is, as Karl Beckson has described it, "unparalleled as an example of creative vituperation".
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