By Ambrose Bierce
A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil battle, Ambrose Bierce went directly to develop into one of many darkest and such a lot demise haunted of yankee writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and demanding of Bierce's writings. in the course of lifestyles (Tales of infantrymen and Civilians), his selection of brief fiction concerning the Civil battle, including the masterpieces "An prevalence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic feel of the horror and randomness of battle. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The loss of life of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most important American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the intense lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, monitors to the complete his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that comes with the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his stories within the conflict and its aftermath. the quantity is rounded out with a variety of his top uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce pupil S. T. Joshi presents particular notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's existence and mysterious disappearance.
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He had judged well. With the cadmium safety-rods bent back into uselessness, the micropiles had plunged past the unit-sustaining safety level and the ship had vanished in the heat of the nuclear explosion that had followed. Twenty minutes later, he was back on his property. He was tired and his muscles ached under Earth's gravity. He slept well. Twelve hours later, in the earliest dawn, the police came. * * * The man who opened the door placed his crossed hands over his paunch and ducked his smiling head two or three times in greeting.
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