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: sons Day (1872–1889)[23] and Leigh (1874–1901)[23] and daughter Helen (1875–1940). Both of Bierce's sons died before he did. Day committed suicide after a romantic rejection,[24][25] and Leigh died of pneumonia related to alcoholism.[23] Bierce separated from his wife in 1888, after discovering compromising letters to her from an admirer. They divorced in 1904.[23] Mollie Day Bierce died the following year.

Bierce was an avowed agnostic.[26] He suffered from lifelong asthma,[27] as well as complications from his war wounds.[28]


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