"Caliph and Ham" - a story that came from the pen of the outstanding prose writer of America O. Henry (English O. Henry, 1862-1910). *** The author calls Roots a modern caliph of the top Broadway. Every evening he puts on a chic costume and goes for a walk ... The writer also became famous for his stories "Pharaoh and the Chorale", "Detectives", "The Moment of Victory", "Law and Order", "The Day We Celebrate", "A Thousand Dollars" "Baghdad Bird" and "Order of the Golden Ring". O. Henry, whose real name is William Sidney Porter, is considered the founder of the "fairy tale of a big city" genre, where flashing humor combines with profound philosophical meaning.