Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. He is best known for his short story 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' and his satirical lexicon 'The Devil's Dictionary'. His work is often characterized by its dark humor and sardonic view of human nature. Bierce's end remains a mystery as he disappeared in Mexico in 1913 and was never seen again.


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  1. 1. The Complete Short Stories Of Ambrose Bierce

    "The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce" is a collection of gripping and thought-provoking tales that showcase the author's mastery of the short story form. Bierce's stories delve into the dark recesses of the human psyche, exploring themes of war, death, and the supernatural. With his sharp wit and incisive writing style, Bierce crafts narratives that are both entertaining and deeply unsettling, leaving readers pondering the complexities of the human condition long after they have finished reading.

  2. 2. Collected Writings

    "Collected Writings" is an anthology that brings together the diverse and sardonic works of a prominent American writer known for his sharp wit and cynical view of human nature. The collection spans various genres, including satirical essays, short stories, and journalism, showcasing the author's mastery of dark humor and his fascination with the macabre. Among the most notable pieces are a satirical lexicon that lampoons social and political conventions, and a series of haunting tales that delve into the supernatural and the psychological. The compilation serves as a testament to the author's influential voice in American literature and his enduring legacy as a craftsman of incisive and often unsettling prose.

  3. 3. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a haunting narrative about a Confederate sympathizer during the American Civil War, who is sentenced to death by hanging from the Owl Creek Bridge. As he awaits his fate, he slips into a profound daydream where he escapes his executioners and returns to his family. However, the story takes a sharp turn when it's revealed that his escape was merely a hallucination in the final moments before his death.