Reading and Screening of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

A Look at the Ambrose Bierce Short Story in Print and on Film

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge item coverPlease join us for a discussion of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce plus a screening of Robert Enrico's award-winning film version of the story from 1962 (run time: 28 minutes) to be held Tuesday, November 15, at 12:30 p.m..  Copies of the short story are available at the reference desk and on the web.

Regarded as one of the best-known short stories in American literature, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" was first published in 1890 and later appeared in Bierce's collection of short stories, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1891).  Commentators describe the story as an exploration of a condemned man's psyche during execution.  Although ostensibly a war story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is sometimes included in anthologies on the supernatural for the depiction of abnormal phenomenon and is also regarded as an early and significant exploration of psychology in fiction.