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Selected Stories of O. Henry (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    SHORT STORIES

    When I was in school we read O Henry stories. Apparently they were "cleaned up" with modern language. This book is written in O Henry's dated language and I found it harder to read then I had anticipated. The twists and turns are still there but it takes me a little longer to get through the stories. I purchased the book so that when I was waiting for an appointment I'd have something bite-sized to read. It hasn't worked quite that well but I'm still glad I have the book on my Nook.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

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    A Wonderful Sampling of O. Henry's extensive work.

    In high school I read "The Last Leaf". It was brilliant and simplistic. Many years later I decided I wanted to read more of O. Henry's work and Barnes and Noble provided the fodder. "Selected Stories of O. Henry" is a sort of Best Of collection of 45 short stories by O. Henry. The tip of the ice berg compared to his tiresome output over a short period of time.

    O. Henry is considered by many to be the greatest American short story writer. This cross section of his work shows why. He is able to wear many shoes of American society in his time. From city life to country living, living rich and scraping by poor, O. Henry is able to realistically provide a point of view from all angles. Coupled with the ability to keep a story short, to the point AND entirely entertaining. To read this is to read the manuel on story telling.

    I did try to read this book straight through at first. I only accomplised about half of the book this way. Though O. Henry is exellent reading, he can also become repetative story after story. I broke up reading the last half of the stories by reading a few between reading other full lenth novels. It helped the material go down easier.

    This book should not be excluded for anyone who enjoys reading the classics. This collection also is a must read for any aspiring writer. O. Henry is a dynamic writer and human being.

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