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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Crown Publishers, c1995
|Named Person:||Ambrose Bierce; Ambrose Bierce|
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|Description:||306 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Direst of all disasters --
What I saw of Shiloh --
The woods of Chickamauga --
A brave and gallant fellow --
I respectfully decline the appointment --
The mentor, whip and mirror of the town --
A better country --
The Devil and the Wasp --
The friction that we name grief --
What a thing it is to be a ghost --
There be divers sorts of death.
|Responsibility:||Roy Morris, Jr.|
Profoundly disillusioned by his wartime experiences, Bierce spent the next fifty years struggling to disillusion his fellow Americans of their own cherished ideals - be they romantic, religious, or political. Frequently criticized for the intensity of his personal invective, Bierce once advised his detractors to "continue selling shoes, selling pancakes, or selling themselves. As for me I sell abuse." In this perceptive, insightful biography, Roy Morris, Jr., accounts for both the influential art that Ambrose Bierce made from such a harsh and unforgiving vision - and the high price he had to pay for it in loneliness, rancor, and spiritual isolation.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements -- Prologue -- Direst of all disasters -- What I saw of Shiloh -- The woods of Chickamauga -- A brave and gallant fellow -- I respectfully decline the appointment -- The mentor, whip and mirror of the town -- A better country -- Prattle -- The devil and the wasp -- The friction that we name grief -- What a thing it is to be a ghost -- here be divers sorts of death -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.