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O. Henry: 101 Stories (LOA #345)

O. Henry: 101 Stories (LOA #345)

by O. Henry and Ben Yagoda
Publication Date: 29/06/2021
The ultimate O. Henry: an annotated edition of classic tales by America's master storyteller

O. Henry, born William Sidney Porter, is best known today for his short story "The Gift of the Magi." But that legacy doesn't begin to capture the genius and the extraordinary range of a gifted humorist who deserves to be ranked among the best in our literature, alongside Ring Lardner and James Thurber. As Carl Van Doren wrote in 1917, "no writer in the language seems clever immediately after one has been reading O. Henry."

Here are 101 of O. Henry's very best short stories--selected and expertly annotated by best-selling author Ben Yagoda--including not only such favorites as "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "The Last of the Troubadours" but also "The Caballero's Way," which created the character of The Cisco Kid, a murderous desperado in O. Henry's telling, and "The Cop and the Anthem." This volume represents stories from all of O. Henry's collections, including the Honduras stories published in Cabbages and Kings while Porter was hiding there to escape an embezzlement indictment, as well as the most generous selection ever published of O. Henry's New York (which he called Baghdad-on-the-Subway) and Texas stories. Also gathered here are previously uncollected stories, and five published here for the first time.
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Library of America, The
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United States
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O. Henry (1862-1910) had a short but colourful life. Born William Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina, he initially worked as a pharmacist before moving into journalism. In 1896 he was arrested for embezzling funds while working as a bookkeeper for a bank.

In a moment of madness, he absconded on his way to the courthouse before his trial and fled to Honduras for six months. He returned to face trial after learning that his wife was dying of tuberculosis and served three years in jail. While in prison, he adopted the pen name O. Henry, and after his release he found great fame and popularity as a short story writer.

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