The Complete Short Stories

The Complete Short Stories Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico never to be heard from again Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as bitter Bierce and the devil s lexicographer He left behind a nasty reputation

  • Title: The Complete Short Stories
  • Author: Ambrose Bierce Ernest Jerome Hopkins Cathy N. Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780803260719
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as bitter Bierce and the devil s lexicographer He left behind a nasty reputation and than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius Brought together in this volume, these stories represent an unprecedented accompliBefore he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as bitter Bierce and the devil s lexicographer He left behind a nasty reputation and than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius Brought together in this volume, these stories represent an unprecedented accomplishment in American literature In their iconoclasm and needle sharp irony, their formal and thematic ingenuity and element of surprise, they differ markedly from the fiction admired in Bierce s time Readers familiar with the classic An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge will want to turn to Bierce s other Civil War stories Also included here are his horror stories, among them The Death of Halpin Frayser and The Damned Thing, and such tall tales as Oil of Dog and A Cargo of Cat.

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    • Ambrose Bierce Ernest Jerome Hopkins Cathy N. Davidson

      Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce 1842 1914 was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil s Dictionary The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto nothing matters earned him the nickname Bitter Bierce Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W C Morrow Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories This style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, the theme of war, and impossible events.Bierce disappeared in December 1913 He is believed to have traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country s ongoing revolution.

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    • Este livro termina com um breve resumo da vida de Ambrose Bierce, que t o estranha e perturbadora como a maioria dos contos que escreveu Nasceu no Ohio, em 1842, e foi um dos treze filhos de um casal pobre mas culto Estudou engenharia topogr fica e alistou se no ex rcito onde foi gravemente ferido Posteriormente, trabalhou nas Finan as e num jornal Casou e teve dois filhos os filhos morreram, a mulher morreu Um dia, atravessou a fronteira mexicana e desapareceu para sempre.Este volume cont m os [...]

    • Hey You like Kafka, right Cormac McCarthy Borges Then why the FUCK aren t you reading Ambrose Bierce This is our own homegrown, 19th Century Gothic absurd nihilistic wonder, by turns moody, witty, unearthly, gritty, surreal, and blackly humorous in a way that makes Flannery O Connor seem like Dora the Explorer He covers so much territory in so many genres and was so far ahead of his time to really be fully appreciated by us Yanks, and then, when life sucked too bad, had the cojones to actually d [...]

    • 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 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 humor, a [...]

    • If you only read one Bierce story a day, you ll be busy for a year I don t recommend sitting down with this collection and trying to plow straight through You need some time to mentally unpack each one and let the impact come through There are so many works of masterful craftsmanship, that it s difficult to consider them allE SUITABLE SURROUNDINGS is a thesis statement on the enjoyment of horror fiction This is required reading for every consumer of the genre AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE is [...]

    • This book is divided into three sections The World of Horror, The World of War, and The World of Tall Tales Each section should be reviewed on its own The World of Horror is an enjoyable collection of ghost stories They are not terribly frightening, but they good, worth three stars The World of War is, obviously, a collection of stories on war, the Civil War to be specific This section would be given five stars Taken as a whole, they are a masterpiece of the genre, but also they are not simply w [...]

    • The only thing that could make this collection a perfect union would be to put the tall tales section at the beginning or middle because, there s a touch of anticlimax reading them after the ghost and war stories sections Oh they re great, they just don t wrench you and break your heart like the other two sections do.

    • So many wonderful, unexpected things to be found in these pages Probably American literature s most gruesome sense of humor The civil war stories read like horror stories The horror stories read like dark comedy, and the tall tales read like the wicked, prolonged jokes told by drunken old men.

    • As soon as I read this quote by Bierce in the introduction, I knew this collection would be worth reading I know how to write a storyr magazine readers for whom literature is too good, but I will not do so as long as stealing is honorable and interesting I smiled while reading this, silently agreeing with Bierce that there are a plethora of readers for whom literature is too good, and respecting the fact that he refused to compromise his literary principles to make money Some of the stories in [...]

    • Ambrose Bierce was a true American original Civil War hero Journalist A true master of the English language who lived by the maxim Less is in his writing He defined a novel as a short story, padded Gifted with a razor sharp mind and a wit commonly referred to as pure venom , Bierce s stories are unique in the amount of power he packed into so few words In this collection, you will find his excellent ghost and horror stories, his often horrific tales based upon his experiences in the Civil War, [...]

    • This book was nearly a decade in finishing I began reading some of his tales and subsequently purchased this volume in high school Separated into three massive sections, horror, war stories, and tall tales , the volume is really three collections and gives the strange impression of three minds to one writer though one can see clearly how one person could have written all three types of stories, the horror tales are so similar to each other that it s hard imagining the writer ever writing anythin [...]

    • What can anyone say about Ambrose Bierce s writing Along with Edgar Allan Poe, before him and H.P Lovercraft, after him, he is one of the undisputed Masters of the Horror genre Long before Genre mixing became popular, Bierce had already done it successfully His War stories, Bierce was Civil War veteran himself, are as realistic as All Quiet on the Western Front and as anything that Hemingway wrote but have feel of a Horror story Of course, really what can be horrible in real life than War His s [...]

    • I was crushing on Ambrose Bierce from a distance before, but then I read The Old Gringo Now I want to join the ranks of the obsessed.

    • As the title suggests, this single volume contains the entire fiction output of one of America s most interesting writers Ambrose Bierce was an extremely colorful individual, who is probably best known today for his cynical work, The Devil s Dictionary, a satirical lexicon which irreverently attacked the s and foibles of the time He lived during the late 19th and early 20th century, having served in the Civil War and relocated in San Francisco at a time when it could still be considered the Wild [...]

    • Ambrose Bierce is considered one of the finest satirists in the English language, and also a perfecter of the modern short story Of most interest to me was his status as one of the important precursors to today s horror literature He was an early practitioner of the short form tale of terror, and as I understand it did much to till the soil alongside the likes of M.R James for the bloom of horror and weird fiction in the early 20th century True enough, one will find psychological terror, ghost [...]

    • Well, Ambrose Bierce maintains the lead as the best darn short story author the US has produced and we have produced a lot good uns He is funny, he is insightful, he is terse As a contemporary of Mark Twain, a Lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War, a columnist for Hearst, and an observer in Pancho Villa s army, he saw it all, and wasn t afraid to speak his mind His somber stories are powerful even now, and his tall tales would work as well today as then I ve attached a link to one of [...]

    • I had read and loved The Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge and The Damned Thing when I was a kid A few that I actually liked better reading this book of short stories were, The Secret of Macarger s Gulch for it s initial scare and humorous ending, and The Watcher of the Dead which also had a fun ending Bierce s writing is straight forward and descriptive, and one of the few from the turn of the century to have dealt with the supernatural A fun read for me.

    • I am no longer a twerp Mr Vonnegut I have now read An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge I must have been sick the day it was assigned in 8th grade I am glad that I ve read it now It is an amazing story Bierce strung me right along no pun intended Wonderful surprise ending.I m surprised Bierce and these stories are not popular They are ghoulish and macabre Excellent material for campfire story telling.

    • Uneven, as any omnibus will be, but Bierce s precision has the merit of brevity When he s got hold of a rum idea, at least he doesn t torture it beyond its length At his full powers Chickamauga, The Moonlit Road, The Affair at Coulter s Notch and so many others I d probably cite him as my favorite short story writer, acerbic yet still heartfelt, dispassionate but fully invested, formally precise while aware of the horrors that threaten all reason.

    • I ve actually only read a few of the stories in here, but I love Bierce s style and humor Some of the stories are satires, others are twisted little gothic tales but they all share his peculiar dark wit and sometimes bitter irony He s great for when you re in a bad mood or just need to laugh at humanity The stories are fairly short, so it s a good thing for casual reading or to take on a plane ride.

    • I finally finished I ve been dipping into this book for over a year Mostly because I felt like I _should_ know my Bierce he s foundational to so many later American writers, even though he is mostly ignored today, with the exception of An Incident at Owl Creek Bridge, which has become a school house classic.And I cannot say that he is unjustly ignored As always, this is probably a reflection of my own Philistine tendencies What I see, though, is that so much of Bierce has been picked up by later [...]

    • I thought I might devise a quiz game for my students that would include the question, Where is Ambrose Bierce s grave a trick question because, according to Find A Grave, the fate of his body is unknown to historians Apparently, he went to Mexico in 1913 and was never heard from again There is a grave site dedicated to him in Moscow, Indiana, even though his remains are not there This is the kind of thing I think Bierce would have enjoyed He told many ghost stories and eerie tales of death, most [...]

    • I loved Bierce s writing style eloquence A few stories in this volume felt a little repetitive in plot, though cases of seemingly supernatural disappearances of characters Ironically, Ambrose himself disappeared in Mexico and was never found I had to return this book to the library before I could read it in its entirety, but was satisfied with the experience for the moment, and ready to savor the voice of other writers I will return to Bierce and read pieces he is lauded for soon.

    • The first section of Poe esque scary stories were quite good Then the book comes to a complete standstill when I began the military stories The last small section of Tall Tales went faster, but were just a bit repetitive.

    • I had always wanted to read Ambrose Bierce, since tackling An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge , back in grammar school I never followed up on that until late last year, when I purchased this anthology from a local indie bookshop Robert Anton Wilson and a few others piqued my interest in Bierce again, so I thought I d give the short stories a go.This edition collects all of his short stories, published in various newspapers and magazines, up until the time of his mysterious disappearance in Mexic [...]

    • I picked this collection up mainly for Bierce s horror stories and, although I ve heard excellent things about his war stories, have decided to temporarily shelf it upon completion of the former What follows is a partial review Bierce has some truly chilling stories that, given the right mood, can really frighten His writing style is meticulous and well crafted which is both his strength and his weakness, often shining through his journalistic background many a time to the detriment of the story [...]

    • The World of War section was easily my favorite and would get 4.5 stars if it stood alone Favorite passage The soldier never becomes wholly familiar with the conception of his foes as men like himself he cannot divest himself of the feeling that they are another order of beings, differently conditioned, in an environment not altogether of the earth The smallest vestiges of them rivet his attention and engage his interest He thinks of them as inaccessible and, catching an unexpected glimpse of th [...]

    • The book probably merits three and a half stars rather than four, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, since short stories generally aren t meant to be read in such close proximity to one another Bierce was certainly a character, in American literary history as well as in general And he was an Ohioan to boot, which prejudices me towards him I agree with some of the other reviewers that the arrangement of the stories in this collection tends to weaken their impact, as the stories in the final [...]

    • This review is a bit of a lie because I will probably never be done with Ambrose Bierce s stories These are the sort of thing you return to in order to discover what you have missed Because there are so many great tales, especially of the horrors and folly of war, I suggest reading around in the book Choose a story and, several days later, read another If you don t know where to begin, start with these Morality tale Haita the Shepherd 27 Horror The Secret of Macarger s Gulch 32 The Watcher by th [...]

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