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Cabbages and Kings
     

Cabbages and Kings

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by O. Henry
 

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Cabbages and Kings is a 1904 novel written by O. Henry, set in a fictitious Central American country called the Republic of Anchuria. It takes its title from the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter", featured in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Its plot contains famous elements in the poem: shoes and ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings.
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Cabbages and Kings is a 1904 novel written by O. Henry, set in a fictitious Central American country called the Republic of Anchuria. It takes its title from the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter", featured in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Its plot contains famous elements in the poem: shoes and ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings.
The novel contains various short stories, all of which occur in Anchuria, and are connected to each other.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000765111
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
02/26/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
416 KB

Meet the Author

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 - June 5, 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and surprise endings.

His parents were Dr. Algernon Sidney Porter (1825-88), a physician, and Mary Jane Virginia Swaim Porter (1833-65). William's parents had married on April 20, 1858. When William was three, his mother died from tuberculosis, and he and his father moved into the home of his paternal grandmother. As a child, Porter was always reading, everything from classics to dime novels; his favorite works were Lane's translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy.

Porter traveled with Dr. James K. Hall to Texas in March 1882, hoping that a change of air would help alleviate a persistent cough he had developed. He took up residence on the sheep ranch of Richard Hall, James' son, in La Salle County and helped out as a shepherd, ranch hand, cook and baby-sitter. While on the ranch, he learned bits of Spanish and German from the mix of immigrant ranch hands. He also spent time reading classic literature.

Porter's most prolific writing period started in 1902, when he moved to New York City to be near his publishers. While there, he wrote 381 short stories. He wrote a story a week for over a year for the New York World Sunday Magazine. His wit, characterization, and plot twists were adored by his readers, but often panned by critics.

The O. Henry Award is a prestigious annual prize named after Porter and given to outstanding short stories.

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Cabbages And Kings 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection of warm and witty stories from O. Henry, the master of the short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wrong description ... do not buy this one. There are other authentic ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago