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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Creative Short Stories) [Library Binding]

Ambrose Bierce
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15 July 2010 Creative Short Stories
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (sometimes called "An Incident at Owl Creek Bridge") is a famous short story by Ambrose Bierce. It was originally published in 1890, and first anthologized in Bierce's 1891 collection, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story is famous for its irregular time sequence and twist ending.

Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer condemned to die by hanging upon the Owl Creek Bridge of the title. The main character finds himself already bound at the bridge's edge at the beginning of the story. It is later revealed that a disguised Union scout enlisted him to attempt to demolish the bridge, and subsequently he was caught in the act. (Quote from

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 - 1914)
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (24 June 1842 - 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Devil's Dictionary.

His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce". Such was his reputation that it was said his judgment on any piece of prose or poetry could make or break a writer's career. Among the younger writers whom he encouraged were the poet George Sterling and the fiction writer W. C. Morrow. (Quote from

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.
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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Education (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583419225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583419229
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) was an American journalist, newspaper editor, misanthrope, writer and wit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but interesting 3 Aug 2010
Try not to read any descriptions about this book, as they will tell you most of the story. Worth a read, although it will take you less than an hour to read it - try Project Gutenburg for a free read of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 22 Mar 2014
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This is an important story, I think. The first, it seems, to imagine the story that might play in a dying man's mind. It is quite short - perhaps too short really, as though the author was a little uncertain how much use to make of his idea. But it is still well worth the read.

For my part, I read it because it is acknowledged in a recent book which does a lot more with the idea: Got Love If You Want It by Christopher Thomason, which I strongly recommend (see review).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 27 Aug 2013
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I would say that if you only read one book about the American civil war this should be the one. Definitely the equal of red badge of courage if not better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I can see why the film was so good. 20 July 2013
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Although it was written more than a century ago it is so well written that the screen writer for the film had little to do. Good enough to make me look for more by the author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic Short 28 May 2013
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Bierce's influential classic short story explores the fluid and illusory nature of time through the ordeal of family man, Peyton Farquhar during the American civil war. And you will struggle to find an ending that kicks you in the stomach as Bierce does in bringing home his themes.
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