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The Resource Ambrose Bierce and the period of honorable strife : the Civil War and the emergence of an American writer, Christopher Kiernan Coleman

Ambrose Bierce and the period of honorable strife : the Civil War and the emergence of an American writer, Christopher Kiernan Coleman

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Ambrose Bierce and the period of honorable strife : the Civil War and the emergence of an American writer
Title
Ambrose Bierce and the period of honorable strife
Title remainder
the Civil War and the emergence of an American writer
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Christopher Kiernan Coleman
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "While biographers have made much of the influence of the Civil War on Bierce and his work, none have undertaken to write a detailed account of his war experience. Likewise, among literary critics, Bierce's status in nineteenth-century American realism has led critics to explore the relationship of his wartime experiences to his output, but they have often done so without a deep understanding of his wartime experience. This manuscript concentrates closely on that experience, examining Bierce's few autobiographical writings, official records, secondary sources, and his works to come up with a portrait of the Ambrose Bierce during the Civil War era"--
  • "In the spring of 1861, Ambrose Bierce, just shy of nineteen, became Private Bierce of the Ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. For the next four years, Bierce marched and fought throughout the western theater of the Civil War. Because of his searing wartime experience, Bierce became a key writer in the history of American literary realism. Scholars have long asserted that there are concrete connections between Bierce's fiction and his service, but surprisingly no biographer has focused solely on Bierce's formative Civil War career and made these connections clear. Christopher K. Coleman uses Ambrose Bierce's few autobiographical writings about the war and a deep analysis of his fiction to help readers see and feel the muddy, bloody world threatening Bierce and his fellow Civil War soldiers. Across the Tennessee River from the battle of Shiloh, Bierce, who could only hear the battle in the darkness writes, 'The death-line was an arc of which the river was the chord.' Ambrose Bierce and the Period of Honorable Strife is a fascinating account of the movements of the Ninth Indiana Regiment--a unit that saw as much action as any through the war--and readers will come to know the men and leaders, the deaths and glories, of this group from its most insightful observer. Using Bierce's writings and a detective's skill to provide a comprehensive view of Bierce's wartime experience, Coleman creates a vivid portrait of a man and a war. Not simply a tale of one writer's experience, this meticulously researched book traces the human costs of the Civil War. From small early skirmishes in western Virginia through the horrors of Shiloh to narrowly escaping death from a Confederate sniper's bullet during the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Bierce emerges as a writer forged in war, and Coleman's gripping narrative is a genuine contribution to our understanding of the Western Theater and the development of a protean writer"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 813/.4
  • B
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1097.Z5
LC item number
C65 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Ambrose Bierce and the period of honorable strife : the Civil War and the emergence of an American writer, Christopher Kiernan Coleman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20824411
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 296 pages
Isbn
9781621901792
Lccn
2015039994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn918590894
  • (OCoLC)918590894
Label
Ambrose Bierce and the period of honorable strife : the Civil War and the emergence of an American writer, Christopher Kiernan Coleman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20824411
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 296 pages
Isbn
9781621901792
Lccn
2015039994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn918590894
  • (OCoLC)918590894

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