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by Donald Blume


Tales of Soldiers and Civilians is a collection of short stories by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce, also published under the title In the Midst of Life.

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians is a collection of short stories by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce, also published under the title In the Midst of Life.

He recognized in Tales of Soldiers and Civilians that war and peace together comprise an interacting harmony. By the standards of his day and ours, Bierce's journalism was often brilliantly insightfully, viciously libelous, petty, and grand, frequently in the space of a single paragraph.

of "Soldiers" and "Civilians" tales fills a void in American literature.

A veteran of the Civil War and a journalist known for his integrity and biting satire, Ambrose Bierce was also a lively short-story writer of considerable depth and power. He is best known, however, for The Cynic's Word Book (1906), retitled The Devil's Dictionary in 1911, a collection of such cynical definitions as "Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, tw.

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A veteran of the Civil War and a journalist known for his integrity and satire, Bierce was also a short-story writer of considerable depth and power. Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase. Great book, great price, pondering theory and thought.

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Bierce revised the story for his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. London: Chatto & Windus, 1892, 1893, 1898, 1910, 1930, 1950, 1964. and Schultz, David E. Ambrose Bierce: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources; Westport, CT. and London, Greenwood Press, 1999, pp. 20–21; and Blume, Donald T. Ambrose Bierce's Soldiers and Civilians in Context: A Critical Study; Kent, OH and London, Kent State University Press, 2004, pp. 388–89. Bierce revised the story for his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The Damned Thing" is a horror short story written by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce.

Among the tales of soldiers, dealing with Civil War scenes, are A Horseman in the Sky, telling of a soldier . These grim, vivid stories, reminiscent of Poe's tales of horror, are marked by an ingenious use of the surprise ending and a realistic study of tense emotional states

Among the tales of soldiers, dealing with Civil War scenes, are A Horseman in the Sky, telling of a soldier . These grim, vivid stories, reminiscent of Poe's tales of horror, are marked by an ingenious use of the surprise ending and a realistic study of tense emotional states. Among the tales of soldiers, dealing with Civil War scenes, are A Horseman in the Sky, telling of a soldier in the Union army, who, stationed as a picket near his Southern mountain home, encounters his father, a Confederate cavalry officer, and is forced to shoot, plunging him over a steep cliff to his death; An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, which is.

The man out of the nose 233AN adventure at brownville 247THE famous gilson bequest 266THE applicant 281A watcher by the dead 290THE man and the snake 311A holy terror 324THE suitable surroundings 350THE boarded window 364A lady from red horse 373THE eyes of the panther 385. Soldiers. A horseman in the sky. I. One sunny afternoon in the autumn of the year 1861 a soldier lay in aclump of laurel by the side of a road in western Virginia. He lay atfull length upon his stomach, his feet resting upon the toes, his headupon the left forearm.

This revised edition of Ambrose Bierce’s 1892 collection of “Soldiers” and “Civilians” tales fills a void in American literature. A veteran of the Civil War and a journalist known for his integrity and biting satire, Ambrose Bierce was also a lively short-story writer of considerable depth and power. As San Francisco’s most famous journalist during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Bierce was hired by William Randolph Hearst to write a column for San Francisco Examiner, where his “Soldiers” and “Civilians” tales first appeared during the late 1880s. By the standards of his day and ours, Bierce’s journalism was often brilliantly insightful, viciously libelous, petty, and grand, frequently in the space of a single paragraph. This edition reveals the often compelling artistry of Bierce’s original versions of the tales and the intentionally intricate design and scope of the original collection.
Bolanim
Great book, great price, pondering theory and thought.
TheMoonix
I always wanted to get around to reading Ambrose Bierce. Known as an iconoclast and an excellent satirist, Bierce is best known for his Devil's Dictionary. He's also known for the disappearing act he pulled in Mexico in 1913. I decided to give this short anthology a chance. If I liked his stories, I figured I'd buy some more of his writings. I will be reading more of his writings.
The recent movie _The Blair Witch Project_ has brought scary stories back into vogue. After reading this book, I realized you can make a direct connection from this film to Ambrose Bierce. The connection would pass through Stephen King and H.P.Lovecraft along the way. I've seen things in both of these writers that could have been lifted directly out of one of Bierce's stories. In Bierce's story, "The Damned Thing", with its talk about colors that can and can't be seen, I could have sworn I was reading Lovecraft. Bierce is a master at quick twists and shocking violence, and delivers scares fast and furious. I got chills with several of these short stories, which certainly makes for good horror reading.
The book gives the reader a sample of Bierce's short stories. Most of the stories are tied around American Civil War themes, which is no surprise as Bierce served in the Union army during that conflict. His experiences gave him the necessary frame of reference to write these dark stories. And when I say dark, I mean DARK! Some of these tales will make your jaw drop. The violence in them is extremely unsettling. Chickamauga and Oil of Dog are sickening, describing blown open heads and dead babies in graphic detail.
Did I mention Bierce's prose? Some of the best you'll read. His prose is so amazing that I found myself rereading some of his passages just so I could make sure I was getting the full meaning. It is that rich and textured. It's also extremely funny in places. In the introduction it is written that Bierce lived in England for several years and was embraced by the English, who are masters not only of the language, but also insults. I'm not surprised when I look at how he writes. He can pen an insult that would bring tears of joy to an Englishman's eyes.
Finally, Bierce's stories show incredible depth for the short story format. He ridicules false courage, irony, lawyers, and even unions in the story, "The Revolt of the Gods". I highly recommend that anyone not familiar with Ambrose Bierce give this book a read. It reads fast and you'll laugh and be shocked within the space of one page. Good stuff.
Wild Python
Ambrose Bierce's collected stories, mostly of the Civil War but also of peacetime America in the last half of the 19th Century, are amazing not least because of the fact that he was one of the first to write in this genre. No doubt much of his inspiration for his Civil War stories were based upon his own observations as an officer in the Union Army while other stories may have been ones he came up with while living on the Pacific coast.
Ghostly occurances, strange machines, unexplained episodes, monsters... Bierce seems to have lived in a strange world of shadows all his own. It is somehow fitting that Bierce simply disappeared in the early 20th Century.

Great book. Definitely a classic.
Nagor
I'd heard of the legend of Ambrose Bierce since I was in college (50+ years ago!), but had never read any of his writing. This book finally remedied that. It has19 0f his short stories, and a good bit of other newspaper articles he wrote. He impresses me as something of a combination of Edgar Allen Poe and O. Henry -- lots of obsession with death and ghosts, and most of the stories ended with some ironic or morbid twist.
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians ebook
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Donald Blume
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