Reviews for Graphic Classics Ambrose Bierce


School Library Journal Reviews 2003 October
Adult/High School-In these volumes, works by Bierce and London are illustrated by various artists, including "Classics Illustrated" vets Gahan Wilson and Rick Geary. Bierce retells, gleefully and morbidly, significant portions of the author's cynical, epigrammatic oeuvre, including "The Devil's Dictionary" and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." London offers readers a chance to examine some of the author's lesser-known works, and fans will be fascinated to see his themes-the great outdoors, the icy north, social injustice-woven into these Twilight Zone-esque tales. As an enlightening record of an author and his work, this is the more interesting of the two, although the stories are formulaic, often ending in a macabre twist. In "Just Meat," two thieves poison one another in a dispute over their loot; in "The Leopard Man's Story," a lion tamer's enemy finally gets the best of him, etc. In both books, the sheer variety of artistic styles, all in black and white, is both a strength and weakness. While the diversity of techniques is intriguing, individual tastes will draw readers to some stories more than to others. Older readers may enjoy the black humor and wit of these books; their violence (however comical), un-PC views, and severely pessimistic nature will limit their appeal with younger readers.-Douglas P. Davey, Guelph Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2004 February
NONFICTIOSmith, Catherine, and Cynthia Greig. Women In Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades. Harry N. Abrams, 2003. 183p. $35. ISBN 0-8109-4571-1. Index. Photos. Source Notes. 5Q 3P M J Entertaining and enlightening, this book provides an eloquent photo study of women wearing pants across the globe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using 150 period photographs, with many from Smith's personal collection, the authors document an oft-unexplored side of these women's lives. Harem pants and such, common wear outside U.S. society, are explored in the chapter "Multicultural Influences: 'Very Peculiar Garb.'" A chapter on "Working Women: 'Do me a mess o' work . . . jes like a man'" includes painters, carpenters, ranchers, fisherwomen, miners, lumberjacks, factory workers, and a train conductor from the World War II influx of women into vacated men's jobs. Individual chapters cover cyclists, actresses, cowgirls, and other adventurous women. High quality black-and-white and sepia photographs illustrate every page spread of the text, bringing the subject to life. Chapters on romantic women and college women reveal Victorian expectations allowed for passionate female relationships as different from today's-women friends could be more expressive between themselves than with men, and some women's colleges expected girls to form crushes on one another The photos alone are revealing, and the text provides further insight. From the reform costume of the late-nineteenth century through working women and mock weddings, this book explores the lot. This fascinating compilation should be useful for period studies and in history classrooms. It is recommended for library collections reaching secondary students and the general public.-Cynthia Winfield 5Q 3P M J S A/YA G Copyright 2004 Voya Reviews.

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