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In the Midst of Life

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

by Ambrose Bierce Author · Claire Bloom Director


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In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians is a collection of twenty-six short stories originally published in 1909 detailing the lives of soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War. These include "A Horseman in the Sky," "Chickamauga," "The Applicant," "A Holy Terror," "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"—perhaps his most famous story of all—and twenty-one other disturbing tales. Their messages about the horrors of war live on vividly to this day.

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Blackstone Publishing
Skyboat Media
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Ambrose Bierce (Author)

Ambrose Bierce (1842-ca. 1914) was an American journalist, short-story writer, and poet. Born in Ohio, he served in the Civil War and then settled in San Francisco. He wrote for Hearst's Examiner, his wit and satire making him the literary dictato...

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Claire Bloom (Director)

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a car...

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