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  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), satirist, critic, poet, short story writer and journalist. His fiction showed a clean economical style often sprinkled with subtle cynical comments on human behaviour. In the Devil's Dictionary, he let his sense of humour and his cynical outlook on life colour a collection of dictionary-like definitions. (Summary by...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Set during the time of the American Civil War, this story is about a man named Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer who attempted to demolish the Owl Creek Bridge, but was caught and condemned to die by hanging. But all is not what it seems to be in this tale that has an irregular time sequence and a twist...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce brings to life and print the heart rendering stories about divided loyalties splitting families, states, countries, and individuals. The glory in beginning and savagery in the doing; a moving anti-war series of stories if ever there were any. A must read by all students of American History and Literature, though perhaps best understand by older adults. Should be in core American...read more

  • Jack London

    Represented here are 16 short stories by seven great American writers, dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Kate Chopin's 'Regret' is a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, forced to look after children; Bierce's 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humor is to the fore in 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' and O. Henry's sharp observation makes his...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), best known as journalist, satirist and short story writer. Cynical in outlook, economical in style; Bierce vanished while an observer with Pancho Villa's...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Prepare yourself for the shocking, the strange, and the terrifying in Ambrose Bierce's 1893 story collection Can Such Things Be? One of the greatest masters of horror brings you twenty-five tales of the supernatural and the unexplained. Whether in stories of ghosts sending desperate warnings to their human counterparts, psychics attempting to bridge unknown dimensions, howling werewolves, or a robot who takes on a life of his own, Bierce plumbs the depths of fear and fascination. Spooky thrills and mind-bending mysteries await all who dare to open the cover of Can Such Things Be? Praise for the works of Ambrose Bierce: 'These pieces are not dated, nor are they lacking any of...read more

  • Henry O

    Here are eight stories from master American writers of the nineteenth century. They vary from sinister tales by Ambrose Bierce – why is that window boarded up? – and a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, forced to look after children, to classic short stories by O. Henry and Stephen Crane. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans. Read with sensitivity and skill by Garrick Hagon and Liza...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as 'bitter Bierce' and 'the devil's lexicographer.' He left behind a nasty reputation and more than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius. This volume of selected stories represent an unprecedented accomplishment in American literature. In their iconoclasm and needle-sharp irony, their formal and thematic ingenuity and element of surprise, they differ markedly from the fiction admired in Bierce's time. ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,'' the premier title in this collection, is one of the most widely anthologized American short stories...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    "The out-of-body experience of a saboteur facing summary...read more

  • Edd Mcnair

    This anthology of unabridged short stories represents some of the most significant works from the most influential American authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Included are Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, Mermaids by Louisa May Alcott, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, and The Gift of the Magi by O....read more

  • Charles Dickens

    A chilling collection of ghost stories containing Rats by M. R. James, The Raven and Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe, The Birthday of the Infanta by Oscar Wilde, A Tough Tussle by Ambrose Bierce and The Signalman by Charles Dickens. In Rats, Mr Thompson comes to regret his decision to investigate a locked room in a country inn, and in The Signalman, the subject of the story is haunted by ghostly appearances that always precede tragic...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Five wonderful stories by Ambrose Bierce, full of vivid characters, precise and evocative language, surprises and suspense. Written more than a century ago, these stories still capture the imagination with vivid, precise language that bites--and may even draw blood! This Freshwater Seas production presents these five classic stories performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune, with subtle musical underscoring to enhance and enrich Bierce's words. Included: "Staley Fleming's Hallucination," in which we meet the ghost of a Newfoundland dog with a white forefoot--and hungry for revenge! "The Damned Thing," in which we meet a wild, ferocious animal determined to drive a man off...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    The Civil War divided West Point graduates as the North tried to get Robert E. Lee to be their Commander in Chief, brothers, and here son and father, with lamentable...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    A story of betrayal by a wife that launches a man into war; thought makes him a Yankee, feeling a Southerner, and he fights for his thoughts. The dignitary who signed his papers comes to the front for the ironic...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    A heart rendering Civil War story about a lost boy, the aftermath of dying men crawling on the ground, and the boy being in the middle of it all, and lastly, returning to his old homestead largely destroyed. A must read for people interested in the Civil War and Americana in...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    The story of a brave man, loved by his fellow soldiers, driven by a heartless beautiful...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    A moving story about a forward observer in the Civil War, moving too far forward, and caught in the grip of...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    A story of the heartache of orders given without discretion in the field; the misuse of that approach down the line; the death that follows from the last to use this...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    Considered one of the great American short stories; Kurt Vonnegut said it was the best. Set in the Civil War with a Southwestern humor twist worthy of Mark Twain, but much grimmer. The story of betrayal as a Northern Scout in the Civil War lures a planter to blow up a bridge so he can be caught and hanged. Short, concise,...read more

  • Ambrose Bierce

    A dysfunctional and amoral family murders its alcoholic father and buries him in the yard, before embarking on a hobby of befriending strangers whose bodies they bury in the cellar. When the stocks of liquor and provisions kept in the cellar start to deplete mysteriously, they put it down to the partying of the restless spirits of their murder victims...but a stranger truth emerges. Written in Bierce's witty style, this story is a laugh-a-minute...read more