A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce

A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce

by Lawerence I. Berkove, Lawrence I. Berkove

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A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce by Lawerence I. Berkove, Lawrence I. Berkove

Berkove (English, U. of Michigan-Dearborn) studies the short fiction of Ambrose Bierce, hoping to explain his philosophical inclination and how it impacted his work as a literary artist. He analyzes the texts of representative Bierce tales and seeks additional evidence from Bierces' biography, correspondence, and journalism. Berkove argues that the seeming hardness of Bierce came from deeply-held human values that clashed with a recognition that life was not benign and that human beings lacked an innate goodness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814250914
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Edition description: 1
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
1.The Topography of Bierce's Career1
2."Gleams Like the Flashing of a shield": The Theme of War30
3.The Heart has its Reasons: Bierce's Successful Failure at Philosophy48
4.Bierce as Craftsman: His Concern with Mind70
5.Poignant Clarity: The Achievement of Tragedy96
6."An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge": Nothing Better Exists113
7."Success in Literature"136
Appendix A159
Appendix B161
Appendix C171
Appendix D173
Notes189
Bibliography212
Index217

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