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The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

Book - 1984
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Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as "bitter Bierce" and "the devil's lexicographer." He left behind a nasty reputation and more than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius. Brought together in this volume, these stories represent an unprecedented accomplishment in American literature. In their iconoclasm and needle-sharp irony, their formal and thematic ingenuity and element of surprise, they differ markedly from the fiction admired in Bierce's time. Readers familiar with the classic "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" will want to turn to Bierce's other Civil War stories. Also included here are his horror stories, among them "The Death of Halpin Frayser" and "The Damned Thing," and such tall tales as "Oil of Dog" and "A Cargo of Cat,"
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1984], ©1970
ISBN: 9780803260719
Call Number: FICTION BIERCE 1984
Characteristics: 496 pages : portrait ; 20 cm


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Nov 08, 2017

Written in the mid-late 1800's, these short stories are brilliantly written, packed visual detail, succinct and moody. Some are very short (500 words) and deliver a full-bodied effect. There are three sections: horror, war stories and tall tales with a short introduction to each providing the reader with some context around the author and the fictional narratives he creates. Highly recommended.


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