"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" (1890) is a short story by the American writer and Civil War veteran Ambrose Bierce.Described as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature", it was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner on July 13, 1890, and was first collected in Bierce's book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1891). The story, which is set during the American Civil War, is known for its irregular time sequence and twist ending.
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was the author of The Devil's Dictionary which is named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. He was a short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. His work "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been labeled as "one of the most well-known and frequently anthologized stories in American literature" and his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most significant American books published before 1900. He is ranked for his horror works beside Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. His works influenced Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, and others and he was considered as an important and dreaded literary critic. He gained fame for his poetry and his war stories have become renowned in recent days. Bierce went to Mexico, to gain direct information on the Revolution in December 1913. He went missing and was never seen again.