×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Phantoms Of Blood-Stained Period
     

Phantoms Of Blood-Stained Period

by Ambrose Bierce, Russell Duncan (Editor), David J. Klooster (Editor)
 
Alone among important American writers, Ambrose Bierce fought for four years in the Civil War. The writings he produced about that conflict comprise a body of work unique in our nation's literature. This volume gathers for the first time virtually everything Bierce wrote about the war, from letters composed on the field of battle to maps he drew as a topographical

Overview

Alone among important American writers, Ambrose Bierce fought for four years in the Civil War. The writings he produced about that conflict comprise a body of work unique in our nation's literature. This volume gathers for the first time virtually everything Bierce wrote about the war, from letters composed on the field of battle to maps he drew as a topographical engineer, from his masterful short stories to his final bittersweet ruminations before he disappeared into Mexico in 1914.

The collection is organized chronologically, following Bierce's participation in a wide range of battles, from the early skirmishes in the West Virginia mountains to the bloodbaths at Shiloh and Chickamauga and his near fatal wounding at Kennesaw Mountain. His overlapping accounts of these events provide a clear and compelling record of the sights and sounds of the battlefield, the psycho-logical traumas the war induced in its soldiers, and the memories that would haunt survivors for the rest of their lives. In prose that anticipates the work of Ernest Hemingway and Tim O'Brien, Bierce's writings unflinchingly tell the truth about the war.

Writing in the 1880s and 1890s, at a time when both the North and South were erecting monuments to the heroes and glories of the war, Bierce insisted that his readers confront what really happened. Rather than celebrate causes and comrades, Bierce's fiction and memoirs describe the impossibly brutal realities of the Civil War battlefield.

The volume includes a biographical introduction and comprehensive notes on all the writings and is suitable for classroom adoption and general readers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Atlantic Monthly
Here is exemplary American prose, and here is the real war -without uplift, without virtue, without purpose.
Library Journal
It includes not only all of Bierce's short fiction and nonfiction about the Civil War but a detailed 25 page introduction that is invaluable in placing Bierce in historical context and thus helping to explain his status as a realist about the war and a satirist about post-Civil War American self-congratulation and heroic myth making. Highly recommended.
William S. McFeely
It is excellent to have all of Bierce's writings on the Civil War accessible in a single,eminently teachable volume. Bierce writes with great strength and never hides from us the ugliness of war. This book will stand beside such equally powerful works as "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "The Things They Carried" in the canon on modern war.
Michael W. Schaefer
The main argument,that Bierce's Civil War writings are undeservedly unknown to all but a small group of specialists,is powerfully borne out by this excellent collection of his work and by the editors' own fine work in placing these pieces in their historical,cultural,and literary contexts. This book makes a highly significant contribution to American literary studies.
Booknews
Combining complete short pieces of fiction and nonfiction with excerpts from longer works, 73 selections express American writer Bierce's (1842-1914?) views of the war. The sections are chronological from 1861 to 1865 and beyond: patricide in the house divided, what war really is, a true war story is never moral, war is all hell, and phantoms of a blood-stained period. Annotations, a list of works by date, a chart of basic military organization, and a glossary of military terms are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558493278
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
05/31/2002
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.13(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews