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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge


“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is the short story for which Ambrose Bierce is most remembered.  Bierce wrote the story in mid-July of 1890, skillfully combining two genres: civil war stories and skin crawling tales of the supernatural.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS1097 .Z5
  • PS648 .S5



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bierce, Ambrose. The Best of Ambrose Bierce.

                      Call Number: PZ3 .B479 B4 (Pgs. 9-18)

  • Lee, A. Robert (ed.). The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story. 1986

                     Call Number: PS374 .S5 N5 1986

  • Morris, Jr., Roy.  Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company. 1998.

                    Call Number: PS1097 .Z5 M67 1998



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?
  • Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914? – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Short Stories, American – History and Criticism
  • American Fiction – 19th Century – History and Criticism
  • Authors, American – 19th Century – Biography
  • Journalists – United States -- Biography



Reference Materials


  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 1, pg. 258

o   Vol. 7, pg. 2788-89

  •  Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 5, pg. 2928-31

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 9, pg. 49-50, 53-56, 60-61, 75, 77-82, 85-86, 89, 92, 95

o   Vol. 72, pg. 1-59

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 2, pg. 160-173

  • Twentieth Century Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .G27

o   Vol. 1, pg. 84, 87, 95

o   Vol. 7, 88, 92, 95

o   Vol. 44, pg. 6, 12, 29, 32-33, 44-45, 47, 50-51



Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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