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By Ambrose Bierce,S.T. Joshi

A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil conflict, Ambrose Bierce went directly to develop into one of many darkest and so much dying haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and important of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of existence (Tales of squaddies and Civilians), his choice of brief fiction concerning the Civil warfare, inclusive of the masterpieces "An incidence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic feel of the horror and randomness of conflict. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The dying of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most important American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the bright lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, screens to the total his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that incorporates the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his reports within the conflict and its aftermath. the amount is rounded out with a range of his top uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce pupil S. T. Joshi presents certain notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's lifestyles and mysterious disappearance.

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