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The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce


"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.


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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