The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

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1899. Selected and with an introduction by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell. William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was the most popular short story writer of his time. His stories typically revolved around two of his favorite themes, the situation of the impostor and fate as the one unavoidable reality of life. Another device he used was the surprise ending, usually coming about through coincidence. He was the founder of the humorous weekly The Rolling Stone. When the weekly failed, he joined the Houston Post as a reporter and columnist. He was convicted of embezzling money, although there's much debate over his actual guilt, and while in prison he started to write short stories. His first work, Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking appeared in McClure's Magazine. After emerging from prison Porter changed his name to O. Henry. He then moved to New York and wrote a story a week for the New York World, while also publishing in other magazines. This volume contains 38 of the best works of O. Henry including: The Gift of the Magi, The Ransom of Red Chief; Mammon and the Archer; and others.
A collection of 38 stories by the famous American short story writer.
Publisher: New York : Modern library, 1994
Copyright Date: ©1945
ISBN: 9780394604237
Branch Call Number: FICTION HENRY...O
Characteristics: x, 340 pages ; 20 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : Doubleday, 1945


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yggyssey Jun 15, 2015

O Henry is one of the world's best writers

Apr 24, 2012

O Henry's one of the classic American writers I'm discovering for the first time in middle age. It's definitely worth reading his four or five best stories, but one can only pull off so many "surprise endings." Didn't read the entire book.


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