Best Short Stories of O. Henry (Modern Library Series)

Best Short Stories of O. Henry (Modern Library Series)


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The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume.  The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the best work of America's favorite storyteller.  They are tales in his most mellow, humorous, and ironic moods.  They give the full range and flavor of the man born William Sydney Porter but known throughout the world as O. Henry, one of the great masters of the short story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679601227
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2000
Series: Modern Library Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 111,791
Product dimensions: 4.91(w) x 7.55(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

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The Gift of the Magi

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Bennett Cerf

Such tales as 'A Municipal Report,' 'An Unfinished Story,' 'A Blackjack Bargainer,' 'A Lickpenny Lover,' 'The Gift of the Magi,' 'Mammon and the Archer,' and 'Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen' (by actual count the O.Henry stories most often reprinted in anthologies) are gems of their kind; mellow, humorous, ironic, ingenious, and shot through with that eminently salable quality known as 'human interest.'

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