Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters," and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce.
In this book, Ron Larson twists in rhyme both well-known and little-known fables of Aesop and Ambrose Bierce. Bierce twisted some of Aesop's fables, and now Larson returns the favor to both men. For example, perhaps "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" did so not out of boredom or an attempt to seek attention, but instead wanted to lure the townspeople away from the town "to his flock in order that his gang could loot the town almost non-stop.
Fantastic Fables By Ambrose Bierce The Moral Sentiment: A Pugilist met the Moral Sentiment of the Community, who was carrying a hat-box. "What have you in the hat-box, my friend?" inquired the Pugilist. "A new frown," was the answer. "I am bringing it from the frownery-the one over there with the gilded steeple." "And what are you going to do with the nice new frown?" the Pugilist asked.