Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs (Library of America)

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A veteran of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, Ambrose Bierce went on to become one of the darkest and most death haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This volume gathers the most celebrated and significant of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of Life (Tales of Soldiers and Civilians), his collection of short fiction about the Civil War, which includes the masterpieces "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic sense of the horror and randomness of war. Can Such Things Be? brings together "The Death of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and other tales of terror that make Bierce the genre's most significant American practitioner between Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the brilliant lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce worked for decades, displays to the full his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the series of memoirs that includes the memorable "What I Saw of Shiloh," he recreates his experiences in the war and its aftermath. The volume is rounded out with a selection of his best uncollected stories. Acclaimed Bierce scholar S. T. Joshi provides detailed notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's life and mysterious disappearance.

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was born in Meigs County, Ohio. He grew up in Indiana and fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was in the UK from 1872 to 1875, where he wrote for Fun magazine, and in 1887 joined the San Francisco Examiner. He wrote Tales of Soldiers and Civilians in 1892, and compiled the much-quoted Cynic's Word Book, now known as The Devil's Dictionary, for publication in 1906. In 1913 he went to Mexico to report on Pancho Villa's army, and disappeared.
Published April 25, 2012 by The Library of America. 848 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales and Memoirs” is a new collection of the most spine-chilling of the powerful American horror writer’s work.

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The best introduction to Bierce can be found in Ambrose Bierce's Civil War, edited by William McCann.

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Hall twists his story through historical fact and face: Ina Coolbrith, Leland Standford, Lillie Coit, Charles Crocker and Mammy Pleasant all play a part in the reality of this fiction.

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