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Histoires macabres et flegmatiques de la guerre de sécession

Histoires macabres et flegmatiques de la guerre de sécession ebook ISBN: 2246824028
Publisher: Grasset
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 176 
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Parues dans divers recueils américains dans la deuxième moitié du XIXe siècle, traduites dans divers volumes chez Grasset à partir de 1957, ces Histoires macabres et flegmatiques de la guerre de Sécession rassemblent treize nouvelles consacrées à l’atrocité de la guerre civile américaine. Ambrose Bierce, lui-même vétéran de ce conflit qui reste à ce jour le plus meurtrier de l’histoire des Etats-Unis (Deuxième Guerre mondiale y compris), aborde les horreurs et les hasards des combats, avec un sang-froid qui en décuple l’épouvante. Dans « Chickamauga », un enfant se retrouve par hasard au milieu d’un champ de bataille où il découvre des monceaux de corps parmi lesquels des agonisants qui l’observent. Dans « Une rude bagarre », c’est un soldat terrifié qui est obligé de dormir à côté d’un cadavre. La peur de monter au front, d’affronter la mitraille, d’avancer sur un champ de bataille où s’abattent les obus, mais aussi l’arrogante élégance des officiers qui semble un dernier défi à la mort, les si beaux paysages hachés par la mitraille, peu d’écrivains ont montré de manière aussi saisissante ce qu’est réellement une guerre.

Epigrammes

Epigrammes ebook ISBN: 2844858589
Publisher: Editions Allia
Author: Ambrose BIERCE
Number of Pages: 64 
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Si ces épigrammes devaient être gravés sur la tombe d'un monument, ce serait un monument à la liberté... de pensée. Que l'on en juge : "Nous nous soumettons à la majorité parce que nous y sommes tenus. Mais nous ne sommes pas forcés de donner à notre attitude soumise une posture respectueuse." Ou encore : "Chez celui qui n'a jamais causé de tort à autrui, la vengeance est une vertu." C'est une collection d'aphorismes de cette trempe que renferme ce petit ouvrage, appelé à tenir dans la poche, sinon à occuper durablement sa table de nuit. Dans un style à la Flaubert dans son Dictionnaire des idées reçues, ces diatribes acerbes­ sonnent comme autant de piqûres de rappel. Celui qui est devenu l'un des maîtres du fantastique sait introduire ce qu'il faut de méchanceté ("Le premier homme que vous croiserez est un imbécile. Si vous pensez le contraire, interrogez-le et il vous le prouvera"). Ajoutez à cela une once d'anticléricalisme ("Chrétiens et chameaux accueillent leurs fardeaux à genoux"), une pointe de lucidité trempée dans l'ironie ("La mort n’est pas la fin ; il reste le litige sur l'héritage"), enfin une infime misogynie ("Pour étudier ce qu'il y a de bon et de mauvais chez la femme, il est inutile de faire appel à deux femmes"). Pour finir, laissez tonner et résonner la formule impeccable et de circonstance : "Un auteur populaire est quelqu'un qui écrit ce que pense le peuple. Le génie les invite à penser autre chose."

Ambrose Bierce: Epigrams

Ambrose Bierce: Epigrams ebook ISBN: 8027233348
Publisher: e-artnow
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 215 
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This ebook is from the Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce. Epigram is a short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently characterize by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 – 1914?) was an American satirist, critic, poet, editor and journalist. Bierce became a prolific author of short stories often humorous and sometimes bitter or macabre. He spoke out against oppression and supported civil and religious freedoms. He also wrote numerous Civil War stories from first-hand experience. Many of his works are ranked among other esteemed American authors' like Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen Crane and Mark Twain.

Ghost and Horror Stories

Ghost and Horror Stories ebook ISBN: 9780486207674
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 199 
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Twenty-four grotesque horror tales written by Ambrose Bierce, the nineteenth-century journalist known for his cynicism

Poems of Ambrose Bierce

Poems of Ambrose Bierce ebook ISBN: 9780803261334
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 202 
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Ambrose Bierce is one of the most colorful figures in American literary history. A writer whose Devil's Dictionary remains the delight of misanthropes and fans of satire throughout the English-speaking world, he was also a master of the short story form. From the late 1860s through the early 1900s, he worked as a journalist, gaining wide renown in the 1890s and 1900s as a satirical columnist for William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers. In 1913 Bierce traveled to Mexico and joined Pancho Villa's army as an observer. He disappeared late that year and his fate has been a matter of dispute ever since. The poems that Bierce wrote throughout his career are less well known than his stories, journalistic pieces, and aphoristic observations on human folly. Nevertheless, his work as a poet, as critic Donald Sidney-Fryer has argued, "clearly merits the attention of the discriminating lover and student of poetry." Varied in form and subject matter, most of his poems are (not surprisingly) satires. This volume contains a generous selection of Bierce's poems; they are alternately ironic, melancholy, bitter, and wickedly amusing. There are also fifteen essays and letters on poetry, poets, and such topics as "Wit and Humor" and "The Passing of Satire." Certainly there have been few authors more intimately familiar with wit and satire than the brilliant, iconoclastic Bierce. As editor M. E. Grenander makes plain in her introduction, both are abundantly present in this collection of "some of the most remarkable verse in American literary history." M. E. Grenander is a Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Internationally recognized as aleading Bierce scholar, she is the author of Ambrose Bierce. Her articles on Bierce have appeared in the Western Humanities Review, American Literary Realism, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and other publications.

The Collected Fables of Ambrose Bierce

The Collected Fables of Ambrose Bierce ebook ISBN: 9780814208427
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 389 
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"Bierce's fables are distinguished for their biting wit and their cynical reflection of the political and social events of his time. Local and national political figures; corrupt lawyers, judges, and clergymen; and even incidents in the Spanish-American War are all mercilessly lampooned. The fables not only testify to Bierce's hatred of "hypocrisy, cant, and all sham" but provide a window into late nineteenth-century American society. S. T.

The Fall of the Republic and Other Political Satires

The Fall of the Republic and Other Political Satires ebook ISBN: 9781572330962
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 271 
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A collection of satirical political writings by American author Ambrose Bierce, originally printed in newspapers and magazines from 1868 to 1910, including both fiction and essays.

Ambrose Bierce

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Author: Vincent Starrett
Number of Pages: 50 
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The Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

The Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce ebook ISBN: 0822974029
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
Author: Stuart C. Woodruff
Number of Pages: 204 
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One of the most interesting figures to emerge at the turn of the twentieth century was Ambrose Bierce, whose acerbic columns in the San Francisco Examiner spread his fame as America’s most bitter cynic and misanthrope, and whose disappearance into Mexico surrounded his name with an aura of mystery. Although best known during his lifetime for his journalism and always critical of his own writing—“the magnificent intention mocked by the actual achievement”—Bierce’s fiction endures, especially his short stories about the Civil War. Originally published in the 1890s and rediscovered in the 1920s, the Civil War stories are filled with unsparing descriptions of death and suffering, disillusionment and fatalism. They also show a concern for form and craftsmanship, a controlled irony, and an economy of detail that are distinctly modern. In this pioneering study of Bierce’s stories, Stuart Woodruff examines the best and worst of Bierce’s fiction with clarity and excellent critical sense, and he traces the causes of Bierce’s success and failure as a writer, analyzing his inability to reconcile the extremes of temperament and belief that marked his life and give his stories their characteristic form. Among the pieces discussed: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “The Mocking-bird,” “One of the Missing,” “Chickamauga,” “Haïta the Shepherd,” “What I Saw at Shiloh,” and excerpts from The Devil’s Dictionary and Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.

The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce ebook ISBN: 9781420930498
Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 328 
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"American journalist and satirist Ambrose Bierce is probably best known for his short stories about the American Civil War. The author's craft for story-telling is exemplified by his famous An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge, which is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer condemned to die by hanging upon the Owl Creek Bridge. That great short story along with 96 others forms this exhaustive edition of The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce." --Back cover

A Prescription for Adversity

A Prescription for Adversity ebook ISBN: 9780814208946
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Author: Professor Lawrence I Berkove,Lawrence I. Berkove
Number of Pages: 225 
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A Prescription for Adversity makes the revolutionary case that Ambrose Bierce, far from being a bitter misanthrope, was instead both a compassionate and moral author. Berkove, focusing on Bierce's short fiction, establishes the necessity of recognizing the pattern of his intellectual and literary development over the course of his career. The author shows that Bierce, probably the American author with the most extensive experience of the Civil War, turned to classical Stoicism and English and French Enlightenment literature in his postwar search for meaning. Bierce's fiction arose from his ultimately unsatisfying encounters with the philosophies those sources offered, but the moral commitment as well as the literary techniques of their authors, particularly Jonathan Swift, inspired him. Dating Bierce's fiction, and introducing uncollected journalism, correspondence, and important new literary history and biographical information, Berkove brings new insights to a number of stories, including "A Son of the Gods" and "A Horseman in the Sky, " but especially "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, " and presents compelling readings of the Parenticide Club tales and "Moxon's Master." A Prescription for Adversity substantiates how Bierce at his best is one of the few American authors who rise to the level of Mark Twain, and the only one who touches Jonathan Swift. A work of both biography and literary criticism, this book rescues Ambrose Bierce and his literature from the neglect to which it has been assigned by "illfounded, obtuse, and unproductive approaches based on skewed notions of his personality and forced or facile readings of individual stories."

Black Beetles in Amber

Black Beetles in Amber ebook ISBN: 1613109563
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 381 
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A Much Misunderstood Man

A Much Misunderstood Man ebook ISBN: 9780814209196
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 258 
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"The binding thread throughout this edited collection of Ambrose Bierce's letters is the argument that Bierce has too often vilified as a cynical misanthrope. Joshi and Schultz believe that Bierce's human side has been ignored by scholars, and they work here to rectify this oversight. The importance of this collection is underscored by the fact that no collection of Bierce's letters has been published since 1922. This selection represents a sampling of nearly one-half million words of Bierce's correspondence, which Joshi and Schultz are the first to gather and transcribe." "The letters reveal many sides of Bierce that he deliberately concealed in his literary work: the caring father who keenly felt the deaths of his two sons and took constant interest in the welfare of his only daughter; the literary giant of San Francisco who gathered around him a substantial cadre of disciples whose work he encouraged and meticulously criticized; the vigorous castigator of chicanery, hypocrisy, and injustice wherever he saw it; and the author of coyly flirtatious letters to a number of female correspondents. For the first time, a well-rounded picture of Bierce the man and writer emerges in his own words. The volume ends chillingly with Bierce's last surviving letter, written from Chihuahua, Mexico, on December 26, 1913, which concludes: "As for me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination." Bierce was never heard from again." "The letters have been scrupulously edited from manuscript sources and exhaustively annotated to elucidate obscure historical, literary, and other references."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

ASHES OF THE BEACON

ASHES OF THE BEACON ebook ISBN: 8027231256
Publisher: Musaicum Books
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 136 
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"Ashes of the Beacon" purports to be "An Historical Monograph Written in 4930" and gives a few indications concerning the lamentable failure of "self-government" in America. It is less amusing and more analytical; and while practically everyone will find much in it to disagree with, there is also plenty to think about. Though generally conservative and frequently pigheaded, Bierce is neither a fool nor a hypocrite, and he makes his points with thoroughgoing clarity. His work as a whole is a lifelong battle against woolly thinking, murky logic and bad writing. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 – 1914) was an American satirist, critic, poet, editor and journalist. Bierce became a prolific author of short stories often humorous and sometimes bitter or macabre. He spoke out against oppression and supported civil and religious freedoms. He also wrote numerous Civil War stories from first-hand experience. Many of his works are ranked among other esteemed American authors' like Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen Crane, and Mark Twain.

The Private Correspondence of Ambrose Bierce - A Collection of the Letters sent by Ambrose Bierce to his Closest Friends and Family from 1892 up until his Disappearance in 1913 - Including a Biography and a Memoir of Ambrose Bierce

The Private Correspondence of Ambrose Bierce - A Collection of the Letters sent by Ambrose Bierce to his Closest Friends and Family from 1892 up until his Disappearance in 1913 - Including a Biography and a Memoir of Ambrose Bierce ebook ISBN: 147335014X
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 285 
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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was born in Meigs County, Ohio, United States in 1842. Bierce is critically best remembered for his fiction and many other writings are also generally regarded as some of the best war writings of all time. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce ebook ISBN:
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Author: Robert A. Wiggins
Number of Pages: 48 
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MANY know him, but no one knows very much about him. This might have been said of Ambrose Bierce in his own time, and it can be said with as much justice today. Bierce remains an enigmatic figure; most of what has been recorded about the man mingles fact and legend...

The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary ebook ISBN: 0486146898
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Number of Pages: 352 
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Complete and unabridged, this paperback gift edition of an American humor classic presents more than 1,000 comic definitions praised by H. L. Mencken as "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."

The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death ebook ISBN:
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Author: Ambrose Bierce,Thomas A. Harcourt,William Herman,William Herman Rulofson
Number of Pages: 131 
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Satire that warned of the dangers of the waltz and the immoral effect on women and young girls from their indulgence in this amusement.

The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Vol. II

The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce Vol. II ebook ISBN: 9781726121224
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce
Number of Pages: 164 
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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 - circa 1914) was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. Bierce's book The Devil's Dictionary was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. His story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been described as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature"; and his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (also published as In the Midst of Life) was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900.