The Moonlit Road and Other Ghost and Horror Stories

Personal life

Bierce married Mary Ellen "Mollie" Day on December 25, 1871; they had three children: two sons, Day (1872–1889)[5] and Leigh (1874–1901),[5] and a daughter, Helen (1875–1940). Both of Bierce's sons died before he did: Day committed suicide after a romantic rejection,[6] and Leigh died of pneumonia related to alcoholism.[5] Bierce separated from his wife in 1888, after discovering compromising letters to her from an admirer; they divorced in 1904;[5] Mollie Day Bierce died the following year.

Bierce was an agnostic.[7]

He suffered from lifelong asthma[8] as well as complications from his war wounds.[1]

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