Ambrose Bierce Books

Easton Press Ambrose Bierce books:
The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter - (co-authored) 1985
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians - 2006
The Devil's Dictionary - 2007

Franklin Library Ambrose Bierce books:
In the Midst of Life & Tales of Soldiers and Civilians - Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers -1979
The Devil's Dictionary - 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature - 1980

Ambrose Bierce biography
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce, (1842-1914?), was an American journalist and author, born in Meigs County, Ohio, and self-educated. He served with distinction in the Union army during the Civil War, and was brevetted major. In 1872 Ambrose Bierce went to London, where he contributed ironic fables to the periodical Fun; these and several other works, notable for their sardonic, cynical wit, won him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". Returning to the U.S. in 1876, he contributed to the periodical Overland Monthly and for many years to the "Prattler Columns" of the newspaper San Francisco Examiner. Ambrose Bierce edited the periodicals Argonaut and The Wasp in California from 1877 to 1884. In 1913, at the age of seventy-one, Ambrose Bierce went to Mexico and disappeared soon afterward.

The Devil's Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American Civil War soldier, journalist, and writer Ambrose Bierce consisting of common words followed by humorous and satirical definitions.
The lexicon was written over three decades as a series of installments for magazines and newspapers. Bierce's witty definitions were imitated and plagiarized for years before he gathered them into books, first as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906 and then in a more complete version as The Devil's Dictionary in 1911.
The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve.
The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter
On arriving at a rural monastery, the monk Ambrosius meets a young girl, Benedicta. She is shunned by the local community for being the daughter of the local hangman, but Ambrosius is drawn into a dangerous sympathy with her, and in defiance of the community and his superiors, he starts spending time alone with her. But when her virtue is corrupted by an impetuous young man, the stage is set for a battle between heart, mind, body, spirit, the sins of the past, and redemption. Allegedly a rewriting from a lost German original, Ambrose Bierce's 1892 novel reads as a seamless, almost folktale-like masterpiece.
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories
Questing after Pancho Villa’s revolutionary forces, Ambrose Bierce rode into Mexico in 1913 and was never seen again. He left behind him theDevil’s Dictionary and a remarkable body of short fiction. This new collection gathers some of Bierce’s finest stories, including the celebrated Civil War fictions ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge‘ and ‘Chickamauga‘, his macabre masterpieces "The Damned Thing" and "Moxon's Master", and his hilariously horrific "Oil of Dog" and "My Favorite Murder".
Stories included as follows.
A Horseman in the Sky
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
A Son of the Gods
One of the Missing
Killed at Resaca
The Affair at Coulter’s Notch
The Coup de Grâce
Parker Adderson, Philosopher
An Affair of Outposts
The Story of a Conscience
One Kind of Officer
The Mocking-Bird

The Man Out of the Nose
The Man and the Snake
The Boarded Window
From Can Such Things Be?
Can Such Things Be?:
Moxon’s Master
A Tough Tussle
A Resumed Identity
The Night-Doings at “Deadman’s”
The Realm of the Unreal
The Damned Thing
Haïta the Shepherd

The Ways of Ghosts:
Present at a Hanging
A Wireless Message

Soldier Folk:
Three and One Are One
From Negligible Tales
Negligible Tales:
A Bottomless Grave
Jupiter Doke, Brigadier-General
The City of the Gone Away
The Major’s Tale
Curried Cow
A Revolt of the Gods

The Parenticide Club:
My Favorite Murder
Oil of Dog
From Antepenultimata
A Bivouac of the Dead
From The Opinionator
The Controversialist:
The Short Story

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