Journalist, short story writer, poet, and critic Ambrose Bierce has been called one of America’s greatest wits and an uncompromising satirist. He wrote unsparingly and with haunting realism of his Civil War experiences. His finest and most famous Civil War writings are gathered in this volume of six essays and twenty stories, including “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “What I Saw of Shiloh,” and “A Horseman in the Sky.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913?) was one of the leading men of letters in nineteenth-century America and a Civil War veteran. He served as a first lieutenant in the Union Army’s 9th Indiana Infantry Regiment. After the war he became a regular columnist at The San Francisco Examiner and one of the most influential journalists on the West Coast. In addition to his journalistic work, he wrote piercingly about the ghastly things he had seen in the war and was a pioneer of the psychological horror story. At the age of seventy-one Bierce disappeared while joining Pancho Villa’s army as an observer of the Mexican Revolution, and, in spite of multiple investigations, his ultimate fate remains unknown.
“The most important American writer who served as a combat soldier in the Civil War.”
“Bierce is a master of apprehension, always alert to threat. It’s as if every charged moment of his military service were still etched in his memory, persisting as only the most disturbing sensations can.”
—Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times
His bedeviling ferocity, born of an excess of satiric disdain, is also the key to Bierce’s continuing appeal as a writer.
—Bill Marx, Columbia Journalism Review
Edited and introduced by William McCann. Includes an original, extensively detailed biographical timeline of Bierce’s personal and professional life.
Price: $12.00 (paperback) | $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 213 pages
Book Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Published: November 4, 2019