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Tales of Soldiers and Civilians: And Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 27 Jul 2000

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (27 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140437568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140437560
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Quirk is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of Mark Twain's "Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches" (1994) and Ambrose Bierce's "Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories" (2000) and co-editor of "The Portable American Realism Reader" (1997). His other books include "Coming to Grips with Huckleberry Finn" (1993), "Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction" (1997) and "Nothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination" (2001).


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Without doubt, buying this volume won't be a disappointment. Ambrose Bierce is (the) one of America's writers who successfully tried to fill in the void between Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. He's also, perhaps, one of the first surrealists in American literary history since he manages to combine naturalistic description with metaphysical speculation in an unprecedented way. Against the backdrop of America's Civil War, he delineates the destruction of the human body in the face of ulterior forces in a way which is mesmerising and revolting at the same time. This makes him a unique presence in literary history - so don't miss out.
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