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Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs

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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 ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Library of America
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Terence
Feb 28, 2016 Terence rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing collection, amazing material from horror to war stories. Extremely inventive, thoughtful, that it is overwhelming to read but with such variety it is a joy to see what he would come up with next. Its organized very well and with some great notes about when the pieces were published as well as decent biographical information.
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Mar 09, 2014 John Hales rated it liked it
Ambrose Bierce was truly a gifted writer. I marvel at his use of vocabulary. Never before have I experienced the horror of war as portrayed by Bierce, himself a veteran of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. However, I soon tired of his short stories and his collection of cynicisms; expertly written but each with its unique and upsetting "quirk of fate" ending. During his day he was known as “Bitter Bierce”, a writer of dark insights and savage wit. His “The Devil’s Dictionary”, is ...more
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This collection of wonderful stories by Ambrose Bierce- American civil war veteran, journalist, poet, short story writer, satirist...) is at turns haunting, scary, and extremely witty. I was completely gripped by his first person observations of the war and O. Henry-ish endings, and appreciated the humor of many of the definitions on the Devil's dictionary.
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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 ni
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