Fantastic Fables

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The Floating Press, Nov 1, 2012 - Fiction - 264 pages
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Don't judge a book by its cover -- if you're looking for tall tales about Greek gods or American folk heroes, you're in the wrong place. Instead, noted satirist Ambrose Bierce unleashes the full wrath of his wit on the leaders of industry, church, and state in this series of sharp-edged but hilariously spot-on short tales and vignettes.
 

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Contents

The Moral Principle and the Material Interest
11
The Crimson Candle
12
The Blotted Escutcheon and the Soiled Ermine
13
The Ingenious Patriot
14
Two Kings
16
An Officer and a Thug
17
The Conscientious Official
18
How Leisure Came
19
The Honest Citizen
143
A Creaking Tail
144
Wasted Sweets
145
Six and One
146
The Sportsman and the Squirrel
147
The Fogy and the Sheik
148
At Heavens Gate
149
The Catted Anarchist
151

The Moral Sentiment
20
The Politicians
21
The Thoughtful Warden
22
The Treasury and the Arms
23
The Christian Serpent
24
The Broom of the Temple
25
The Critics
26
The Foolish Woman
27
Father and Son
28
The Discontented Malefactor
29
A Call to Quit
30
The Man and the Lightning
31
The Lassoed Bear
32
The Ineffective Rooter
33
A Protagonist of Silver
34
The Holy Deacon
35
A Hasty Settlement
36
The Wooden Guns
38
The Reform School Board
39
The Poets Doom
40
The Noser and the Note
41
The Cat and the King
43
The Literary Astronomer
44
The Lion and the Rattlesnake
45
The Man with No Enemies
46
The Alderman and the Raccoon
47
The FlyingMachine
48
The Angels Tear
49
The City of Political Distinction
50
The Party Over There
52
The Poetess of Reform
53
The Unchanged Diplomatist
54
An Invitation
56
The Ashes of Madame Blavatsky
57
The Opossum of the Future
58
The LifeSavers
59
The Australian Grasshopper
60
The Pavior
61
The Tried Assassin
62
The Bumbo of Jiam
63
The Two Poets
64
The Thistles Upon the Grave
65
The Shadow of the Leader
66
The Sagacious Rat
67
The Member and the Soap
68
Alarm and Pride
69
A Causeway
70
Two in Trouble
71
The Witchs Steed
72
The All Dog
73
The Farmers Friend
74
Physicians Two
75
The Overlooked Factor
76
A Racial Parallel
77
The Honest Cadi
78
The Kangaroo and the Zebra
79
A Matter of Method
80
The Man of Principle
81
The Returned Californian
82
The Compassionate Physician
83
Two of the Damned
84
The Austere Governor
85
Religions of Error
86
The Penitent Elector
87
The Tail of the Sphinx
88
A Prophet of Evil
89
The Crew of the LifeBoat
90
A Treaty of Peace
91
The Nightside of Character
92
The Faithful Cashier
93
The Circular Clew
94
The Devoted Widow
95
The Hardy Patriots
96
The Humble Peasant
97
The Various Delegation
98
The No Case
99
A Harmless Visitor
100
The Judge and the Rash Act
101
The Prerogative of Might
102
An Inflated Ambition
103
Rejected Services
104
The Power of the Scalawag
105
At LargeOne Temper
106
The Seeker and the Sought
107
His FlySpeck Majesty
108
The Pugilists Diet
109
The Old Man and the Pupil
110
The Deceased and His Heirs
111
The Politicians and the Plunder
112
The Man and the Wart
113
The Divided Delegation
114
A Forfeited Right
115
Revenge
116
An Optimist
117
A Valuable Suggestion
118
Two Footpads
119
Equipped for Service
120
The Basking Cyclone
121
At the Pole
122
The Optimist and the Cynic
123
The Poet and the Editor
124
The Taken Hand
126
An Unspeakable Imbecile
127
A Needful War
128
The Mine Owner and the Jackass
129
The Dog and the Physician
130
The Party Manager and the Gentleman
131
The Legislator and the Citizen
133
The Rainmaker
134
The Citizen and the Snakes
136
Fortune and the Fabulist
137
A Smiling Idol
138
Philosophers Three
139
The Boneless King
140
Uncalculating Zeal
141
A Transposition
142
The Honourable Member
152
The Expatriated Boss
153
An Inadequate Fee
154
The Judge and the Plaintiff
155
The Return of the Representative
156
A Statesman
157
Two Dogs
158
Three Recruits
159
The Mirror
160
Saint and Sinner
161
An Antidote
162
A Weary Echo
163
The Ingenious Blackmailer
164
A Talisman
166
The Ancient Order
167
A Fatal Disorder
168
The Massacre
169
A Ship and a Man
170
Congress and the People
171
The Justice and His Accuser
172
The Highwayman and the Traveller
173
The Policeman and the Citizen
174
The Writer and the Tramps
175
Two Politicians
176
The Fugitive Office
177
The Tyrant Frog
178
The Eligible SonInLaw
179
The Statesman and the Horse
180
An Aerophobe
181
The Thrift of Strength
182
The Good Government
183
The Life Saver
184
The Man and the Bird
185
From the Minutes
186
Three of a Kind
187
The Fabulist and the Animals
188
A Revivalist Revived
190
The Debaters
191
Two of the Pious
192
The Desperate Object
193
The Appropriate Memorial
194
A Needless Labour
195
A Flourishing Industry
196
The SelfMade Monkey
197
The Patriot and the Banker
198
The Mourning Brothers
199
The Disinterested Arbiter
200
The Thief and the Honest Man
201
The Dutiful Son
202
AESOPUS EMENDATUS
203
The Cat and the Youth
204
The Farmer and His Sons
205
Jupiter and the Baby Show
206
The Man and the Dog
207
The Cat and the Birds
208
Mercury and the Woodchopper
209
The Fox and the Grapes
210
The Penitent Thief
211
The Archer and the Eagle
212
Truth and the Traveller
213
The Wolf and the Lamb
214
The Lion and the Boar
215
The Grasshopper and the Ant
216
The Fisher and the Fished
217
The Farmer and the Fox
218
Dame Fortune and the Traveller
219
The Victor and the Victim
220
The Wolf and the Shepherds
221
The Goose and the Swan
222
The Lion the Cock and the Ass
223
The Snake and the Swallow
224
The Wolves and the Dogs
225
The Hen and the Vipers
226
A Seasonable Joke
227
The Lion and the Thorn
228
The Fawn and the Buck
229
The Kite the Pigeons and the Hawk
230
The Wolf and the Babe
231
The Wolf and the Ostrich
232
The Herdsman and the Lion
233
The Man and the Viper
234
The Man and the Eagle
235
The WarHorse and the Miller
236
The Dog and the Reflection
237
The Man and the FishHorn
238
The Hare and the Tortoise
239
Hercules and the Carter
240
The Lion and the Bull
241
The Man and His Goose
242
The Wolf and the Feeding Goat
243
Jupiter and the Birds
244
The Lion and the Mouse
245
The Old Man and His Sons
246
The Crab and His Son
247
The North Wind and the Sun
248
The Mountain and the Mouse
249
The Bellamy and the Members
250
OLD SAWS WITH NEW TEETH CERTAIN ANCIENT FABLES APPLIED TO THE LIFE OF OUR TIMES
251
The Wolf and the Crane
252
The Lion and the Mouse
253
The Hares and the Frogs
254
The Belly and the Members
255
The Piping Fisherman
256
The Ants and the Grasshopper
257
The Dog and His Reflection
258
The Lion the Bear and the Fox
259
The Ass and the Lions Skin
260
The Ass and the Grasshoppers
261
The Wolf and the Lion
262
The Hare and the Tortoise
263
The Milkmaid and Her Bucket
264
King Log and King Stork
265
The Wolf Who Would Be a Lion
266
The Monkey and the Nuts
267
The Boys and the Frogs
268
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Ambrose Bierce was a brilliant, bitter, and cynical journalist. He is also the author of several collections of ironic epigrams and at least one powerful story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Bierce was born in Ohio, where he had an unhappy childhood. He served in the Union army during the Civil War. Following the war, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a columnist for the newspaper the Examiner, for which he wrote a number of satirical sketches. Bierce wrote a number of horror stories, some poetry, and countless essays. He is best known, however, for The Cynic's Word Book (1906), retitled The Devil's Dictionary in 1911, a collection of such cynical definitions as "Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two." Bierce's own marriage ended in divorce, and his life ended mysteriously. In 1913, he went to Mexico and vanished, presumably killed in the Mexican revolution.

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