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Bierce, Ambrose 1842-1914?

Works: 1,356 works in 3,461 publications in 19 languages and 77,124 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Humor  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Records and correspondence  Maps  War stories 
Subject Headings: Authors, American  Journalists 
Roles: Author, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Adapter, Other, Contributor, Honoree, Originator, Attributed name, Translator, Editor, Correspondent
Classifications: PS1097, 813.4
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Most widely held works by Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's dictionary by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
281 editions published between 1 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 7,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hundreds of pointed definitions, maxims, apocryphal quotations, and satirical verses attest to the power of the author's delightful, incisive wit
Tales of soldiers and civilians by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
203 editions published between 1800 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 4,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This revised edition of Ambrose Bierce's 1892 collections of Soldiers and Civilians tales fills a void in American literature. A veteran of the Civil War and a journalist known for his integrity and biting satire, Ambrose Bierce was also a lively short-story writer of considerable depth and power. As San Francisco's most famous journalist during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Bierce was hired by William Randolph Hearst to write a column for the San Francisco Examiner, where his Soldiers and Civilians tales first appeared during the late 1880s. During the post-Civil War years, Bierce recognized the growing nationalism in America and the increasing glorification of war heroes and soldiers. In response, he wrote his Soldiers tales. Although he was a Civil War veteran, Bierce had been a civilian for more than twenty years when he began to write the bulk of the nineteen tales that comprised his 1892 collection. Thus, the Civilians tales were written as a counterpoint to the preceding war stories. Bierce's intent was to explore the complex interconnections between soldiers and civilians. He recognized in Tales of Soldiers and Civilians that war and peace together comprise an interacting harmony. By the standards of his day and ours, Bierce's journalism was often brilliantly insightfully, viciously libelous, petty, and grand, frequently in the space of a single paragraph. This edition reveals the often compelling artistry of Bierce's original versions of the tales and the intentionally intricate design and scope of the original collection
An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce( )
36 editions published between 1890 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During the United States Civil War, a condemned man has many thoughts as he stands on a bridge, awaiting hanging
Can such things be by Ambrose Bierce( )
80 editions published between 1893 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of spine-chilling tales from a master of horror, Can Such Things Be? is brimming with supernatural occurrences, shifting perspectives, and the psychological twists and turns for which Bierce is famous. Including such offerings as The Death of Halpin Frayser," Moxon's Master," and The Damned Thing," this suspenseful collection is enhanced by a hint of Bierce's life and personality
The collected writings of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
68 editions published between 1946 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 2,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fantastic fables by Ambrose Bierce( )
52 editions published between 1898 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Don't judge a book by its cover -- if you're looking for tall tales about Greek gods or American folk heroes, you're in the wrong place. Instead, noted satirist Ambrose Bierce unleashes the full wrath of his wit on the leaders of industry, church, and state in this series of sharp-edged but hilariously spot-on short tales and vignettes
The complete short stories of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
18 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in English and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 more 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,"
An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce( )
40 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees. Some loose boards laid upon the sleepers supporting the metals of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners--two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff. From the opening to An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
The monk and the hangman's daughter by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
61 editions published between 1891 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter is a example of the type of pseudo-medieval tale which was popular on the continent toward the end of the 19th century and has become a favorite among Symbolists
The enlarged Devil's dictionary by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
47 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Satirisch woordenboek met cynisch-humoristische definities
Ghost and horror stories by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
8 editions published between 1964 and 1981 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twenty-four stories -- morbid, eerie, cynical. They take you into the dark recesses of the mind
Collected works of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
40 editions published between 1909 and 2010 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The devil's dictionary, tales, & memoirs by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 --
Write it right, a little blacklist of literary faults by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
49 editions published between 1909 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Published in 1909, this is an amusing collection of literary faults that irritated Bierce when he was reading critically. His list of pet-peeves provides many chuckles thanks to the author's sharp wit but also illustrates the extent to which the English language has changed in little more than a century
The stories and fables of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The text of The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter ac- companies twenty-nine stories and eighty-seven fables that illuminate the nature of Bierce's preoccupations andthe distinctive features of his style
The sardonic humor of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
4 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Ambrose Bierce satanic reader; selections from the invective journalism of the great satirist by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
4 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bierce was a prolific and versatile writer whose entire life was overcast by a somber view of man and his weaknesses. Thus, his rediscovery as a spiritual predecessor of todays' black humorists is what gives Birce's work such amazing modern relevance
Civil War stories by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
9 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new selection of sixteen stories from The collected works of Ambrose Bierce, volumes I and II, first published in 1909 by The Neal Publishing Company, New York
The fiend's delight by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
37 editions published between 1872 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Known for his biting wit, American author and satirist Ambrose Bierce got his start in the literary world by publishing essays and articles in California-based periodicals. The Fiend's Delight brings together an eclectic selection of these early pieces
The letters of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce( Book )
15 editions published between 1922 and 1992 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Bierce, Ambros
Bierce, Ambrose
Bierce , Ambrose G.
Bierce, Ambrose G. 1842-1913
Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett 1842-1914
Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett, 1842-ca 1914
Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett nar. 1842
Bierce, Ambrose Gwinnett
Bierce, Ambrose Gwinnett 1842-1913
Birs, Ambroz, 1842-1914?
Birs, Embrouz
Grile, Dod 1842-1913
Grile, Dod 1842-1914
Grile, Dod, 1842-ca 1914
Gwinett Bierce, Ambrose 1842-1914
Piŏsŭ, Aembŭrosŭ 1842-1914
Бирс, Амброз, 1842-1914?
ビアス, A
ビアス, アンブローズ
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