Set during the American Civil War, “An Occurrence at Owl
Creek Bridge” is the classic short story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate
sympathizer condemned to death by hanging from Owl Creek Bridge. Flashing
between the present and the past—from Peyton’s thoughts as he stands on the
bridge to his memories as a major Confederate supporter in the South—he creates
parallel realities in which truth and fantasy become indistinguishable.
A story of war, death, and the power of the mind, “An
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is Ambrose Bierce’s most anthologized work and an enduring piece of American literature.
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