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The Devil's Topographer: Ambrose Bierce and the American War Story

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H. L. Mencken wrote in 1927 that Ambrose Bierce was “the first writer of fiction ever to treat war realistically.” This realism was based in large part on his experiences as a Union soldier in the Civil War. First as an infantryman and then a cartographer, Bierce was a veteran of epic battles: Shiloh, Chickamauga, Stone's River, and Pickett's Mill, among others. While many ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by Univ Tennessee Press
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Oct 02, 2007 David rated it liked it
If you ever assumed that Ambrose Bierce's Civil War stories were entirely fictional, then you assumed wrong. The best parts of this book are admirable examples of literary detective work.
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