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The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

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"American journalist and satirist Ambrose Bierce is probably best known for his short stories about the American Civil War. The author's craft for ... Show synopsis

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Hugh T. J

Great Stories

by Hugh T. J on Dec 13, 2012

I remember "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge" from the old "Twilight Zone" series. It struck me as a most unusual story at the time, and I just assumed Rod Serling wrote all his material. In retrospect it would seem that he was heavily influenced by Bierce. None of the stories are more than a few pages long and would be fun reading while sitting in a doctors office or any other activity that required a short wait.

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tucsonreader

Now I know Bierce a little TOO well.

by tucsonreader on Aug 27, 2009

I had only known Ambrose Bierce from The Devil's Dictionary, and thought it was time to get to know him better. I should have been content with what I knew. The Tall Tales are mostly clever if bizarre; something like Mark Twain meets Stephen King. The Civil War stories are, for the most part, beautifully descriptive but pointless with little structure. Maybe I'm just a lowbrow (maybe??!!) but I don't understand the praise his Civil War pieces have gotten over the years. I'm glad to have read them, but I won't be opening this book again any time soon.

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