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41 stories
Henry, O., 1862-1910.
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Works. Selections. 1984
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xvi, 413 pages ; 18 cm
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"CE 2254"--Spine.
Big City. Social triangle -- Tobin's palm -- Last leaf -- Schools and schools -- Springtime á la carte -- Best-seller -- Gift of the Magi -- Green door -- Transients in Arcadia -- Brickdust row -- Enchanted profile -- Furnished room -- Con Men and Hoboes. Shearing the wolf -- Hostages to Momus -- Retrieved reformation -- Higher pragmatism -- Conscience in art -- Ethics of pig -- Jeff Peters as a personal magnet -- Tempered wind -- The Wild West and the Tame West. Telemachus, friend -- Caballaro's way -- Friends in San Rosario -- Sphinx apple -- Princess and the puma -- Chaparral prince -- Enchanted kiss -- Lonesome road -- Hiding of Black Bill -- Hygeia at the Solito -- Our Neighbors to the South: Domestic. "Rose of Dixie" -- Cherchez la femme -- Fool-killer -- Moment of victory -- Our Neighbors to the South: Foreign. Two renegades -- He also serves -- Lotus and the bottle -- Shamrock and the palm -- Shoes -- Double-dyed deceiver -- Fourth in Salvador.
Pub Date:
Signet Classic, [1984]



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One of the most famous pseudonym's in history, the name O. Henry evokes wordplay that is dazzling, inventive, wry, and humorous. This anthology includes forty-one stories that continue to captivate generation after generation of readers, including "The Gift of the Magi", "The Furnished Room", and those which demonstrate the technical genius and wide range of O. Henry's world.

Author Notes

O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, who was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Porter was a licensed pharmacist and worked on a sheep ranch in Texas. He was a draftsman for the General Land Office and a teller for the First National Bank of Texas. He was convicted of embezzlement and eventually served five years in prison.

While in prison, he began writing short stories under his pseudonym and eventually wrote over 300. As O. Henry, Porter is one of America's best known writers, and his stories, such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief", are still taught in schools. In 1918, the O. Henry Awards, an annual anthology of short stories, was established in his honor.

Porter died on June 5, 1910.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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