An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Donald T. Blume

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
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Critical Essay by Donald T. Blume

SOURCE: Blume, Donald T. “‘A Quarter of an Hour’: Hanging as Ambrose Bierce and Peyton Farquhar Knew It.” American Literary Realism 34, no. 2 (winter 2002): 146-57.

In the following essay, Blume explores Bierce's knowledge of executions and the physiological effects of hanging and argues that the hallucination sequence in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” takes place in a fifteen-minute period after his neck was broken.

When “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” first appeared in William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner on 13 July 1890, it became the eleventh Civil War story Ambrose Bierce, the locally famous author of “Prattle,” a long-running and widely read weekly column, had published within the paper following his hiring by Hearst early in...

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