AMBROSE BIERCE TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS PDF

This is the edition. The edition omits six stories from the original edition; these six stories are added to this LibriVox recording from an undated English edition. The Wikipedia entry for the book uses the title Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce June 24, — after December 26, was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work — along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" — earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce.

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Learn More 30 episodes These stories detail the lives of soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War. This is the edition. The edition omits six stories from the original edition; these six stories are added to this LibriVox recording from an undated English edition. The Wikipedia entry for the book uses the title Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce June 24, — after December 26, was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work — along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" — earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce. Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. This style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, the theme of war, and impossible events.

While traveling with rebel troops, the elderly writer disappeared without a trace. Since the book is a compilation of short stories, there is not an overarching plot. However, there are literary elements, or plot devices, that are shared throughout. His characters were described by George Sterling as: "His heroes, or rather victims, are lonely men, passing to unpredictable dooms, and hearing, from inaccessible crypts of space, the voices of unseen malevolencies.

Bierce served as a union soldier during the Civil War and his experiences as a soldier served as an inspiration for his writing, particularly for the Soldiers section.

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In the Midst of Life; Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

The sergeant rose to his feet and walked away. A MAN stood upon a railroad bridge in Northern Alabama, looking down into the swift waters twenty feet below. A rope loosely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head, and the slack fell to the level of his knees.

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Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

Shaktizshura Again the spell is broken; our men attempt to cheer; they are choking with emotion; they utter hoarse, discordant cries; they clutch their weapons and press solfiers forward into the open. It seemed to throb with a slow, regular, recurrence each pulsation sharper than the preceding, and sometimes he cried out, thinking he felt the fatal bullet. As he was commonly in full uniform, especially in action, when most officers are content to be less flamboyantly attired, he was a very striking and conspicuous figure. The colonel—he had compassionately sent his cavalcade to the right about—had to ride over those who were entirely dead in order not to crush those who were partly alive. The other bank of the stream was open ground—a gentle acclivity crowned with a stockade of vertical tree trunks, loop-holed for rifles, with a single embrasure through which protruded the muzzle of a brass cannon commanding the bridge.

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AMBROSE BIERCE TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS PDF

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, by Ambrose Bierce Invisible now from either side, and equally doomed by friend and foe, he stood in the shot-swept space, motionless, his face toward the enemy. The other bank of the stream was open ground—a gentle acclivity crowned with a stockade of vertical tree trunks, loop-holed for rifles, with a single embrasure through which protruded the muzzle of a brass cannon commanding the bridge. Stated publication date ; actual publication date probably early [1]. As the Aryan moved westward to and through the Caucasus passes and spread over Europe, new conditions of life must have resulted in the formulation of new religions. There slodiers some good stories in this collection and some stinkers. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Books by Bierce, Ambrose sorted by popularity — Project Gutenberg He gave the struggle his attention, as an idler might observe the feat of a juggler, without interest in the outcome.

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Wherever it reached, critics reacted strongly to it. Not all liked the book—some felt it was too brutal, too gruesome, or too cynical—but almost all respected it and understood that it was exceptional. Most of the nineteen stories it contained shocked readers with vivid depictions not seen since Edgar Allan Poe of human beings pushed by horror and terror to their limits and beyond. Half of the stories recalled the Civil War. These were immediately recognized as the best stories ever written of that war, indeed some of the best stories ever written about any war, and several became instant classics. A Bierce scrapbook of review clippings in the Library of Congress documents that the book quickly spread throughout the English-speaking world.

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