Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories

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Questing after Pancho Villa's revolutionary forces, Ambrose Bierce rode into Mexico in 1913 and completely vanished from the face of the earth. Though his ultimate fate remains a mystery to this day, Bierce's contribution to American letters rests firmly on the basis of his incomparable Devil's Dictionary and a remarkable body of short fiction. This new collection gathers some three dozen of Bierce's finest stories.
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Overview

Questing after Pancho Villa's revolutionary forces, Ambrose Bierce rode into Mexico in 1913 and completely vanished from the face of the earth. Though his ultimate fate remains a mystery to this day, Bierce's contribution to American letters rests firmly on the basis of his incomparable Devil's Dictionary and a remarkable body of short fiction. This new collection gathers some three dozen of Bierce's finest stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140437560
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 716,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Quirk is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of Mark Twain's Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches (1994) and Ambrose Bierce's Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories (2000) and co-editor of The Portable American Realism Reader (1997). His other books include Coming to Grips with Huckleberry Finn (1993), Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997) and Nothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination (2001).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text
From In the Midst of Life
Soldiers:
A Horseman in the Sky An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Chickamauga A Son of the Gods One of the Missing Killed at Resaca The Affair at Coulter's Notch The Coup de Grâce Parker Adderson, Philosopher An Affair of Outposts The Story of a Conscience One Kind of Officer The Mocking-Bird

Civilians:
The Man Out of the Nose The Man and the Snake The Boarded Window
From Can Such Things Be?
Can Such Things Be?:
Moxon's Master A Tough Tussle A Resumed Identity The Night-Doings at "Deadman's"
The Realm of the Unreal The Damned Thing Haïta the Shepherd

The Ways of Ghosts:
Present at a Hanging A Wireless Message

Soldier Folk:
Three and One Are One
From Negligible Tales
Negligible Tales:
A Bottomless Grave Jupiter Doke, Brigadier-General The City of the Gone Away The Major's Tale Curried Cow A Revolt of the Gods

The Parenticide Club:
My Favorite Murder Oil of Dog
From Antepenultimata
A Bivouac of the Dead
From The Opinionator
The Controversialist:
The Short Story

Explanatory Notes Glossary of Military Terms Battle Sites and Battle Leaders

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