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Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs (Library of America) Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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CAN SUCH THINGS BE?
Can Such Things Be?Read more ›
Bierce is a strange, haunting writer. He comes directly to us in this printing as unedited and sans commentary. Bierce's heavy burden from a rather severe Civil War post-traumatic stress disorder is central to his writings. His `Devil's Dictionary' is frequently quoted but it may do Bierce an injustice as a sort of typecasting to be considered without exploring the full dimensions of the prolific writer in his time and place.
Bierce can be accessed online. The power of Bierce's work for me is captured in his short essay "A Son of the Gods". If you've not sampled Bierce before, give this one a try. It's among those in this collection. It's a rare author that can pull a tear and possess the readers mind's eye. Ambrose Bierce is an author who seizes on simple moments to create a stunning story.
Bierce is a 19th century socio-rhetorical everyman, however, at core, he's like no other witness of the times. His post war stories on the quirks of his San Francisco newspaper beat are thoroughly entertaining. Bierce writes on many topics with an acerbic and cynical tone and elsewhere he writes as a man forged by discipline and fire. He can be genteel. He can be over the top. He can be moving and empathetic. He can be rough as a cob. There is an essential human reflection to be considered in every tale. In the 21st century, his word choices and usage are `quaint' but quite readable although you cannot escape a feeling that already, some meaning is overcome by the intervening 150 years. I'd wager that in another hundred years his material will need a `modern translation' as language moves on.Read more ›
This new volume is an excellent introduction for anyone wishing to penetrate into the dark, witty and ingenious world of the most genuine satirist and maverick America has ever produced. It includes his two main volumes of short-stories "Can Such Things Be?" and "Tales of Soldiers and Civilians".Read more ›
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This is one of the great ones. Really. As a great sampler of this master's work I highly recommend it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chris
I bought this book to get a feel for The Civil War, since Ambrose Bierce was a soldier and later chronicler of the bloody war between the states. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Clement
I already had the Portuguese translation of the Dictionary itself. Just wanted to see the original definitions.
And got pleasantly surprised with the stories.
Now ya may notice the Bison Books edition has more short stories, an' that'd be a fact. The good ol' LoB doesn't skimp out on the Civil War stuff, though, which most people are... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alex
Wonderful volume from the Library of America (which is, by the way, a non-profit publisher...so yeah, go support it!) as usual. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ircupinojr
From my college days I've owned a copy of Ambrose Bierce's "Devil's Dictionary," but I had not known his short stories. His stories set in the U.S. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter O. Pierson
The is a must read volume, put it in your library or on your book shelf beside of Mark Twains' works. Great reading by great men.