Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs: by Ambrose Bierce,S.T. Joshi

By Ambrose Bierce,S.T. Joshi

A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil struggle, Ambrose Bierce went directly to turn into one of many darkest and such a lot dying haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and critical of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of existence (Tales of squaddies and Civilians), his number of brief fiction concerning the Civil battle, which include the masterpieces "An incidence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic experience of the horror and randomness of conflict. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The demise of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most vital American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the intense lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, screens to the whole his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that comes with the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his studies within the battle and its aftermath. the amount is rounded out with a variety of his most sensible uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce pupil S. T. Joshi presents specified notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's lifestyles and mysterious disappearance.

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