Civil War Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

ISBN-10: 0803260873
ISBN-13: 9780803260870
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Description: InThe Devil's DictionaryAmbrose Bierce defined "war" as "a by-product of the arts of peace." A Civil War veteran, Bierce had absolutely no illusions about "courage," "honor," and "glory" on the battlefield. These stories form one of the great  More...

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 1/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 139
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

InThe Devil's DictionaryAmbrose Bierce defined "war" as "a by-product of the arts of peace." A Civil War veteran, Bierce had absolutely no illusions about "courage," "honor," and "glory" on the battlefield. These stories form one of the great antiwar statements in American literature. Included here are the classicAn Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,Chickamauga,The Mocking Bird,The Coup de Grâce,Parker Anderson,Philosopher, and other stories celebrated for their intensity, startling insight, and mastery of form.

Ambrose Bierce was a brilliant, bitter, and cynical journalist. He is also the author of several collections of ironic epigrams and at least one powerful story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Bierce was born in Ohio, where he had an unhappy childhood. He served in the Union army during the Civil War. Following the war, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a columnist for the newspaper the Examiner, for which he wrote a number of satirical sketches. Bierce wrote a number of horror stories, some poetry, and countless essays. He is best known, however, for The Cynic's Word Book (1906), retitled The Devil's Dictionary in 1911, a collection of such cynical definitions as "Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two." Bierce's own marriage ended in divorce, and his life ended mysteriously. In 1913, he went to Mexico and vanished, presumably killed in the Mexican revolution.

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