Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians : And Other Stories

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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, and his tales of supernatural horror. Reminiscent of Poe, these stories are marked by a sardonic humour and a realistic study of tense emotional states. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 132.08 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140437568
  • 9780140437560
  • 448,012

About Ambrose Bierce

Tom Quirk is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of Mark Twain's Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches (1994) and Ambrose Bierce's Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories (2000) and co-editor of The Portable American Realism Reader (1997). His other books include Coming to Grips with Huckleberry Finn (1993), Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997) and Nothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination (2001).show more

Table of contents

Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text From In the Midst of Life Soldiers: A Horseman in the Sky An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Chickamauga 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 Civilians: 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 Explanatory Notes Glossary of Military Terms Battle Sites and Battle Leadersshow more

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