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Civil War Stories by Ambrose Bierce

ambrose bierce short stories

Doubtless, despite his suffering, he had fallen asleep while walking, for now he sees another scene--perhaps he has merely recovered from a delirium. Not one tending to sentiment, Ambrose was never close to his parents, devotees to the fire-and-brimstone First Congregational Church of Christ. They used their hands only, dragging their legs. Bierce made a couple of trips to California, and visited some of the old battlefields he had known in the war. From the cradle of its race it had conquered its way through two continents and passing a great sea had penetrated a third, there to be born to war and dominion as a heritage. Of most interest to me was his status as one of the more important precursors to today's horror literature. An observer of better experience in the use of his eyes would have noticed that these footprints pointed in both directions; the ground had been twice passed over--in advance and in retreat.

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

ambrose bierce short stories

He is considered one of the only major authors of the Civil War genre to have first-hand knowledge as a soldier. The man and the snake--a worldly man, gone for a long time, stays at the house of an eccentric scientist; he reads of the old superstition that snakes hypnotize their pray. Carlos Fuentes' novel The Old Gringo is a fictionalized account of Bierce's disappearance which was later adapted into the film Old Gringo 1989 , starring Gregory Peck in the title role. He must have traveled the entire night. While Bierce had reached the height of his fame, he also suffered losses: in 1888 he and his wife Mary separated she died on 27 April 1905 and in 1889 his son Day died.

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Difficulty of Crossing a

ambrose bierce short stories

The story, which is set during the American Civil War, is known for its irregular time sequence and. He noted the prismatic colors in all the dewdrops upon a million blades of grass. The only thing that cahnges is the style of weapons and the century. They seemed like streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature. It's not so much that it gives a sophisticated intellectual understanding as that it gives a vivid impression of what it may have been like to live there at that time. A fish slid along beneath his eyes and he heard the rush of its body parting the water. But something in form or movement of this object--something in the awkwardness of its approach--told him that it was not a bear, and curiosity was stayed by fear.

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

ambrose bierce short stories

At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity. After a distinguished period of service, he resigned in 1865 after a bullet wound to the head continued to plague him with dizziness and black outs. There's a kind of magical realism to these that give them a power not so much visible in the other stories simply because the tricks and techniques in those stories are now so ubiquitous. They hurt his ear like the thrust of a knife; he feared he would shriek. It's rumored that he might have been killed by the rebel, Pancho Villa early in 1914, though this remains speculation.

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Short Stories by Ambrose Bierce

ambrose bierce short stories

The latter, however, was boarded up - nobody could remember a time when it was not. Farquhar is to die for what he has done regardless of the fact that he is a civilian. He may think he is however the reality is very much different. He stood still and as it came slowly on gained courage every moment, for he saw that at least it had not the long menacing ears of the rabbit. He notices that all of his senses are heightened, being able to see every vein in every leaf on every tree, etc. The same dry voice carves eloquently from such humble subject-matter as miners, farmers, and soldiers a variety one might even say a perversity of angles on the human condition - with a sharp clarity that is in no way lessened by its lightness, its What a marvelous surprise to discover the wit and pen that sketched-out such wonderful and scathing commentary through the Devil's Dictionary has an equal if not greater ability for vivid, poignant, and in many cases quite thrilling short tales.

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The Complete Short Stories by Ambrose Bierce

ambrose bierce short stories

The categories, though, seem more arbitrary then such divisions usually do. Finding a place where some bowlders in the bed of the stream lay but a step or a leap apart, he made his way across and fell again upon the rear-guard of his imaginary foe, putting all to the sword. A complete journey into the thoughts and intelligence and imagination of Ambrose Bierce. This is not a history book and does nothing to cover the battles, movement of troops or anything that you might have studied in school. The exact circumstances of his death remain unknown. That closes the final chapter of this true story - excepting, indeed, the circumstance that many years afterward, in company with an equally intrepid spirit, I penetrated to the place and ventured near enough to the ruined cabin to throw a stone against it, and ran away to avoid the ghost which every well-informed boy thereabout knew haunted the spot.

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Short Stories by Ambrose Bierce

ambrose bierce short stories

Bierce could be exceptionally precise--sometimes too precise, in that late nineteenth-century way, with paragraphs that keep on going. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues. These epitomes have disappeared almost completely in our times and many won't enjoy or even believe that men have lost their lives for them as short a period of time ago as 1861-1865. While Bierce had started to write seriously during his war service, it was not yet a career for him. Possibly his impressionable mind was half conscious of something familiar in its shambling, awkward gait. This collection of stories are considered some of the best of Bierce's fiction.

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