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A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil Struggle, Ambrose Bierce went on to change into one of many darkest and most dying haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers probably the most celebrated and important of Bierce’s writings. Within the Midst of Life (Tales of Troopers and Civilians), his assortment of brief fiction concerning the Civil Struggle, which incorporates the masterpieces “An Incidence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “Chickamauga,” is suffused with a fiercely ironic sense of the horror and randomness of struggle. Can Such Issues Be? brings collectively “The Demise of Halpin Frayser,” “The Damned Factor,” “The Moonlit Street,” and different tales of terror that make Bierce the style’s most vital American practitioner between Poe and Lovecraft. The Satan’s Dictionary, the sensible lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, shows to the complete his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the collection of memoirs that features the memorable “What I Noticed of Shiloh,” he recreates his experiences within the struggle and its aftermath. The quantity is rounded out with a number of his finest uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce scholar S. T. Joshi supplies detailed notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce’s life and mysterious disappearance.

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