Ambrose Bierce

The Works of Ambrose Bierce

Under pseudonym William Herman:

  • (With Thomas A. Harcourt) The Dance of Death (satire), privately printed, 1877, corrected and enlarged edition, Henry Keller, 1877.

Under pseudonym Mrs. J. Milton Bowers:

  • The Dance of Life, 1877.

Under his own name:

  • The Lantern, illuminated by Faustin, A. Wilcox, 1874.
  • Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (short stories; includes “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”), E. L. G. Steele, 1891 https://www.classicreader.com/read.php/sid.6/bookid.736/
    • Published as In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, Chatto & Windus (London), 1892
    • Revised and enlarged edition, Putnam (New York, NY), 1898.
  • Black Beetles in Amber (poetry), Western Authors Publishing, 1892.
  • (Adapter with Adolphe Danziger De Castro) Richard Voss, The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter (novel), translated by Gustav Adolph Danzinger, illustrated by Theodor Hampe, F. J. Schulte, 1892.
  • Can Such Things Be? (short stories), Cassell, 1893.
  • Fantastic Fables (satire), Putnam, 1899.
  • Shapes of Clay (poetry), W. E. Wood, 1903.
  • The Cynic’s Word Book (satire), Doubleday, 1906
    • published as The Devil’s Dictionary, volume 7 of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Neale, 1911 https://www.thedevilsdictionary.com/
    • selections published as Diabolical Definitions; A Selection from the Devil’s Dictionary of Ambrose Bierce, edited with an introduction by C. Merton Babcock, with illustrations by Stanley Wyatt, Peter Pauper Press (Mount Vernon, NY), 1970.
  • A Son of the Gods and A Horseman in the Sky, introduction by W. C. Morrow, P. Elder, 1907.
  • The Shadow on the Dial and Other Essays, edited by S. O. Howes, A. M. Robertson, 1909, revised as Antepenultimata, volume 11 of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Neale, 1912.
  • Write It Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults, (essay), Neale, 1909.
  • The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Neale, 1909-12.
    • Volume 1: Ashes of the Beacon, The Land Beyond the Blow, For the Ahkoond, John Smith Liberator, Bits of Autobiography
    • Volume 2: In the Midst of Life
    • Volume 3: Can Such Things Be?, The Ways of Ghosts, Soldier-Folk, Some Haunted Houses
    • Volume 4: Shapes of Clay, Some Antemortem Epitaphs, The Scrap Heap
    • Volume 5: Black Beetles in Amber, The Mummery, On Stone
    • Volume 6: The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter, Fantastic Fables, Aesopus Emendatus, Old Saws with New Teeth, Fables in Rhyme
    • Volume 7: The Devil’s Dictionary https://www.thedevilsdictionary.com/
    • Volume 8: Negligible Tales, The Parenticide Club, The Fourth Estate, The Ocean Wave, On with the Dance!, Epigrams
    • Volume 9: Tangential Views
    • Volume 10: The Opinionator, The Reviewer, The Controversialist, The Timorous Reporter, The March Hare
    • Volume 11: Antepenultimata
    • Volume 12: In Motley, Kings of Beasts, Two Administrations, Miscellaneous
  • Letters of Ambrose Bierce, edited by Bertha Clark Pope, Book Club of California, 1922.
  • Twenty-one Letters of Ambrose Bierce, edited by Samuel Loveman, G. Kirk, 1922.
  • The Eyes of the Panther, introduced by Martin Armstrong, J. Cape (London), 1928.
  • An Invocation by Ambrose Bierce, critical introduction by George Sterling, explanation by Oscar Lewis, J. H. Nash, 1928.
  • Battle Sketches, illustrated by Thomas Derrick, First Edition Club, 1930.
  • Battlefields and Ghosts, edited by Hartley E. Jackson and James D. Hart, Harvest Press, 1931.
  • Selections from Prattle by Ambrose Bierce, foreword by Joseph Henry Jackson, compiled by Carroll D. Hall, Book Club of California, 1936.
  • Collected Writings, edited by Clifton Fadiman, Citadel Press, 1946.
  • Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War, edited and introduced by William McCann, H. Regnery Co., 1956.
  • The Sardonic Humor of Ambrose Bierce, edited by George Barkin, Dover, 1963.
  • Enlarged Devil’s Dictionary, with 851 Newly Discovered Words and Definitions, edited by Ernest Jerome Hopkins, Doubleday, 1967.
  • The Ambrose Bierce Satanic Reader: Selections from the Invective Journalism of the Great Satirist, edited by Hopkins, Doubleday, 1968.
  • The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce, edited by Hopkins, Doubleday, 1970.
  • Skepticism and Dissent: Selected Journalism from 1898-1901, edited with an introduction by Lawrence I. Berkove, Delmas (Ann Arbor, MI), 1980.
  • Seven Fables, illustrated by Louise Lafond, Press at Colorado College (Colorado Springs), 1986.
  • The Civil War Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce, compiled with a foreword by Ernest Jerome Hopkins, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln), 1988.
  • Great Short Stories of the World: Thirty Classic Tales, edited by Lois Hill, Avenel Books (New York, NY), 1991.
  • Poems of Ambrose Bierce, edited and introduced by M. E. Grenander, University of Nebraska Press, 1995.
  • The Moonlit Road, and other Ghost and Horror Stories, Dover Publications (Mineola, NY), 1998.
  • A Sole Survivor: Bits of Autobiography, edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 1998.
  • The Collected Fables of Ambrose Bierce, edited, with introduction and commentary, by S. T. Joshi, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, OH), 2000.
  • The Fall of the Republic and Other Political Satires, edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 2000.
  • The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary, edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, University of Georgia Press (Athens, GA), 2000.
  • Phantoms of a Blood-Stained Period: The Complete Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce, edited by Russell Duncan and David J. Klooster, University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst, MA), 2002.
  • Shadows of Blue and Gray: The Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce, edited by Brian M. Thomsen, Tom Doherty Associates (New York, NY), 2002.
  • A Much Misunderstood Man: Selected Letters of Ambrose Bierce, edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, OH), 2003.

Contributor to British magazines Fun, Figaro, and Hood’s Comic Annual, c. 1872-75; writer, 1876-1886, and editor, 1880-1886, for San Francisco’s Wasp; columnist for San Francisco Examiner, 1887-1898; also wrote for the Californian, Golden Era, Argonaut, Cosmopolitan, and New York Journal.

Ohioana Author Connection: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” was adapted as a French film in 1962, directed by Robert Enrico and broadcast by Rod Serling (https://www.ohioana-authors.org/serling/index.php) on The Twilight Zone in 1963. The film won the Palme d’Or and an Academy Award.

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