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The Best of Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Bierce was an American author and short story writer. He wrote the short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". Also included is That Damned Thing.

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" or "A Dead Man's Dream" is a short work by American author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890, it was first collected in Bierce's 1891 book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story, which is set during the Civil War, is famous for its irregular time sequence and twist ending. Bierce's abandonment of strict linear narration in favor of the internal mind of the protagonist is considered an early example of experimentation with stream of consciousness. It is Bierce's most anthologized story.

The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary composed by American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book, it features Bierce's witty and often ironic spin on many common English words. Retitled in 1911, it has been followed by numerous "unabridged" versions compiled after Bierce's death, which include definitions absent from earlier editions.

"The Damned Thing" is a short story composed by Ambrose Bierce. It first appeared in Tales from New York Town Topics on December 7, 1893. This story focuses on how the human race takes their views of nature for granted, and how there may be things in the natural world that the human eye cannot see or the human ear cannot hear.
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November 1984 : USA Hardback

Title: The Best of Ambrose Bierce
Author(s): Ambrose Bierce
ISBN: 0-89009-798-4 / 978-0-89009-798-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Castle / Book Sales
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