Civil War Stories ( Dover Thrift Editions Series)

Civil War Stories ( Dover Thrift Editions Series)

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by 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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486280387
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
07/13/1994
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
248,866
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Journalist, short story writer, and satirist Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) was equally adept in a variety of genres, from ghost stories to poetry to political commentary. Bierce's fiction is particularly distinguished by its realistic depictions of the author's Civil War experiences.

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Civil War Stories ( Dover Thrift Editions Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Tsunami767 More than 1 year ago
I’ve enjoyed this book, but can’t tell if the stories are true, or fiction based on his battlefield presence.   As a 4th grader, our teacher showed  us the short film on  “Incident at Owl Creek”.    Very disturbing for a 11 year old.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
I was born and raised in Ohio, where we studied Ohio History in eighth grade at that time. Because of my interest in the subject, the teacher gave a used copy of an older edition of our textbook, which I still have. In the chapter on “Literature and the Arts,” there was a section on “Later Ohio fiction writers” which said, “Ohio has continued to produce its full share of famous authors,” one of whom was Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914). The following was written about Bierce. “Ambrose Bierce is the author of a limited number of short stories, among which are some of the best ever written by an American. After fighting in the Union Army, Bierce went to San Francisco and became a newspaper editor. He was noted for his biting comments on anything that seemed to him insincere. His column, which won for him the title of ‘Bitter Bierce,’ has had many imitators in modern newspapers.” Thus, when I saw this book of Civil War Stories by Bierce at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Park gift shop in Missouri, I picked it up. It contains sixteen short stories about the Civil War taken from The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volumes I and II, published in 1909, most of which come from his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians of 1891. Some of the titles include "A Horseman in the Sky," "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Chickamauga," "A Son of the Gods," "What I Saw of Shiloh," "Four Days in Dixie," and "One of the Missing," plus nine more. It does not have one of his most famous Civil War stories, "A Bivouac for the Dead." All of them are filled with the vitriolic wit and biting satire that earned Bierce his nickname. Most of them involve some kind of irony, often with a surprise ending, and a few of them might fall into the category of the macabre, ala Alfred Hitchcock. Many of the descriptions of the battles are rather graphic, and one story involves a suicide. The “d” and “h” words are use occasionally, along with some taking the Lord’s name in vain (e.g., “my God,” “by God,” “good God”). There is one reference to drinking wine. These dark and vivid tales are not for young children, but teens and adults who are Civil War buffs might appreciate them. A lot of the stories I found interesting, but a few just did not make a great deal of sense to me. In 1913, Bierce, who had become increasingly disenchanted with his own life due to the divorce from his wife and the deaths of his two sons, went to Mexico to meet the revolutionary leader Pancho Villa and to observe firsthand the Civil War there. After a “farewell letter,” nothing more was heard from or about Bierce, and the circumstances of his death remain a mystery. It is generally assumed that he died at the siege of Ojinaga in January of 1914.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recieved this book as a holiday gift. This book is great for any type of American Civil War Reader. This is a book I would read over and over again. This makes a great gift for anyone who loves the American Civil War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is awonderful full of historic facts for poeple to learn
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word and one word only is needed to describe this book, 'WOW!'