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Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs (Library of America)

Ambrose Bierce

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A veteran of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, Ambrose Bierce went on to become one of the darkest and most death haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This volume gathers the most celebrated and significant of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of Life (Tales of Soldiers and Civilians), his collection of short fiction about the Civil War, which includes the masterpieces "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic sense of the horror and randomness of war. Can Such Things Be? brings together "The Death of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and other tales of terror that make Bierce the genre's most significant American practitioner between Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the brilliant lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce worked for decades, displays to the full his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the series of memoirs that includes the memorable "What I Saw of Shiloh," he recreates his experiences in the war and its aftermath. The volume is rounded out with a selection of his best uncollected stories. Acclaimed Bierce scholar S. T. Joshi provides detailed notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's life and mysterious disappearance.

The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

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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.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

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The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book, it features Bierce's witty and often ironic spin on many common English words. Retitled in 1911, it has been followed by numerous "unabridged" versions compiled after Bierce's death, which include definitions absent from earlier editions.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: By Ambrose Bierce - Illustrated

Ambrose Bierce

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  1. Font adjustments & biography included
  2. Unabridged (100% Original content)
  3. Illustrated

About An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" or "A Dead Man's Dream" is a short story by American author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890, it was first collected in Bierce's 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story, which is set during the Civil War, is famous for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. Bierce's abandonment of strict linear narration in favor of the internal mind of the protagonist is considered an early example of experimentation with stream of consciousness. It is Bierce's most anthologized story.

Civil War Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

Ambrose Bierce

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Newspaperman, short-story writer, poet, and satirist, Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914) is one of the most striking and unusual literary figures America has produced. Dubbed "Bitter Bierce" for his vitriolic wit and biting satire, his fame rests largely on a celebrated compilation of barbed epigrams, The Devil's Dictionary, and a book of short stories (Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, 1891). Most of the 16 selections in this volume have been taken from the latter collection.
The stories in this edition include: "What I Saw at Shiloh," "A Son of the Gods," "Four Days in Dixie," "One of the Missing," "A Horseman in the Sky," "The Coup de Grace," "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "The Story of Conscience," "One Kind of Officer," "Chickamauga," and five more.
Bierce's stories employ a buildup of suggestive realistic detail to produce grim and vivid tales often disturbing in their mood of fatalism and impending calamity. Hauntingly suggestive, they offer excellent examples of the author's dark pessimism and storytelling power.

The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

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If we could only put aside our civil pose and say what we really thought, the world would be a lot like the one alluded to in The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. There, a bore is "a person who talks when you wish him to listen," and happiness is "an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another." This is the most comprehensive, authoritative edition ever of Ambrose Bierce’s satiric masterpiece. It renders obsolete all other versions that have appeared in the book’s ninety-year history.

A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth.

This new edition is based on David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi’s exhaustive investigation into the book’s writing and publishing history. All of Bierce’s known satiric definitions are here, including previously uncollected, unpublished, and alternative entries. Definitions dropped from previous editions have been restored while nearly two hundred wrongly attributed to Bierce have been excised. For dedicated Bierce readers, an introduction and notes are also included.

Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary is a classic that stands alongside the best work of satirists such as Twain, Mencken, and Thurber. This unabridged edition will be celebrated by humor fans and word lovers everywhere.

Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Bierce was one of the strangest phenomena of American letters. The adjectives used to describe his writing — and character — tend to have a rather uncomplimentary ring: "venomous," "vindictive," "paranoid," "rancorous," "malevolent"; yet few would deny his brilliance of intellect and style. About half of his fiction output consisted of stories of horror and the supernatural, a genre which appealed to his psychic constitution and may have reflected a deep inner torment.
This volume contains 24 of Bierce's best tales of the unknown. Morbid, cynical, eerie, they take you to a twilight region of flesh and spirit — and into the darkest recesses of the human mind. These are unusual constructions of terror and grim irony, reminiscent of Poe, the Gothic novel, and the Romantic short story, but having the unmistakable individual stamp of a man who knew first-hand something of the fears and specters which haunt men.
In this volume you will come across a number of old favorites: "An Inhabitant of Carcosa," "The Eyes of the Panther," "The Death of Halpin Frayser," "An Adventure at Brownville," and such classics as "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot," "The Damned Thing," and "Moonlit Road," a minor masterpiece in which events of the story are told from three different points of view, including that of the victim as spoken through a medium. You will also find some less familiar, but equally fascinating stories and pieces not available elsewhere, including "Visions of the Night," in which Bierce gives us a rationale for his "reverse holiness" and the surrealistic morality that permeates these writings. Bierce's characters — possessed poets, shabby aristocrats, grimy professional men, revived corpses, haunted malefactors — live in a spare, perverse world. Patricide, the revenge of the dead, inexplicable disappearances, dreadful ironies, hypnotism and second sight, and the like, form much of the substance of these unsettling tales.

The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Volume I

Ambrose Bierce

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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

The Devil's Dictionary (Dover Thrift Editions)

Ambrose Bierce

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Born in Ohio in 1842, journalist, short-story writer and critic Ambrose Bierce developed into one of this country's most celebrated and cynical wits — a merciless "American Swift" whose literary barbs were aimed at folly, self-delusion, politics, business, religion, literature and the arts. In this splendid "dictionary" of epigrams, essays, verses and vignettes, you'll find over 1,000 pointed definitions, e.g. Congratulation ("The civility of envy"), Coward ("One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs") and Historian ("A broad-gauge gossip"). Anyone who likes to laugh will love The Devil's Dictionary. Anyone looking for a bon mot to enliven their next speech, paper or conversation will have a field day thumbing through what H. L. Mencken called "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."

Complete Works of Ambrose Bierce (Delphi Classics)

Ambrose Bierce

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For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete works of master storyteller Ambrose Bierce. This comprehensive eBook is spiced with numerous illustrations, rare and forgotten texts, concise introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)



* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Bierce's life and works

* Concise introductions to the collections and other texts

* The rare novella THE DANCE OF DEATH appears here for the first time in digital print

* ALL the short story collections, with individual contents tables

* Featuring 475 tales, many appearing for the first time in digital print

* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Famous works such as COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL

are fully illustrated with their original artwork

* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry, essays and the short stories

* Easily locate the works you want to read

* The complete non-fiction, with many scarce essays and newspaper articles

* Includes Bierce's letters - spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence

* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Bierce’s contribution to literature

* Also provides a unique ‘Biercian Texts’ section with interesting articles on the works and disappearance of Ambrose Bierce

* Features a bonus full-length biography - discover Bierce's literary life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres




CONTENTS:



The Novellas

THE DANCE OF DEATH

THE MONK AND THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER

THE LAND BEYOND THE BLOW



The Short Story Collections

THE FIEND’S DELIGHT

COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL

PRESENT AT A HANGING, AND OTHER GHOST STORIES

IN THE MIDST OF LIFE: TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS

CAN SUCH THINGS BE?

FANTASTIC FABLES

NEGLIGIBLE TALES

THE PARENTICIDE CLUB

THE FOURTH ESTATE

THE OCEAN WAVE

KINGS OF BEASTS

TWO ADMINISTRATIONS

MISCELLANEOUS TALES



The Short Stories

LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER



The Poetry Collections

BLACK BEETLES IN AMBER

SHAPES OF CLAY

FABLES IN RHYME

SOME ANTE-MORTEM EPITAPHS

THE SCRAP HEAP



The Poems

LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER



The Non-Fiction

THE SHADOW ON THE DIAL, AND OTHER ESSAYS

THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY

WRITE IT RIGHT

ASHES OF THE BEACON

“ON WITH THE DANCE!”: A REVIEW

A CYNIC LOOKS AT LIFE

TANGENTIAL VIEWS

BITS OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY

MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS



The Essays

LIST OF ESSAYS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

LIST OF ESSAYS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER



The Letters

THE LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCE



The Criticism

AMBROSE BIERCE by Vincent Starrett

AMBROSE BIERCE: AN APPRAISAL by Frederic Tabor Cooper

ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO BOOST BIERCE INTO IMMORTALITY

THE UNDERGROUND REPUTATION OF AMBROSE BIERCE

AMBROSE BIERCE by Ella Sterling Cummins



Biercian Texts

LIST OF BIERCIAN ARTICLES AND REVIEWS



The Biography

AMBROSE BIERCE: A BIOGRAPHY by Carey McWilliams



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