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

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

Selected Stories of O. Henry, by O. Henry, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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O. Henry mastered the art of the humorous, energetic tale that ends with a sudden, ironic twist. In “After Twenty Years,” for example, two boys agree to meet at a particular spot exactly twenty years later. Both are faithful, but in the intervening years one boy has turned into a criminal, the other into a policeman. Behind the rendezvous lurks a powerful dramatic situation with a fascinating moral dilemma—all dealt with in a few brief pages.

This is just one of the many literary gems in Selected Stories of O. Henry, a collection of 45 of O. Henry’s most renowned and entertaining short stories. Each one offers insights into human nature and the ways it is affected by love, hate, wealth, poverty, gentility, disguise, and crime—themes that ran through the author’s own life. Born William Sidney Porter, O. Henry started writing while in prison for embezzlement. Later he moved to New York, and his tales romanticizing the commonplace, particularly the life of ordinary New Yorkers, became highly popular. The most widely read author of his time, O. Henry died penniless but left behind a wealth of short stories that endure as classics of the genre.

Victoria Blake is a freelance writer. She has worked at The Paris Review and contributed to the Boulder Daily Camera, small literary presses in the United States, and English-language publications in Bangkok, Thailand. She currently lives and works in San Diego, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593080426
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 62,164
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

O. Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) was a prolific American short story writer. Initially trained as a pharmacist, Porter began his writing career as a journalist and worked on his stories on the side. After being accused of embezzling money from a bank he worked for, he fled to Honduras. He returned to the US upon the death of his wife and was sentenced to five years in prison. It was during this time that he began to have his first stories published. He later moved to New York and began writing stories in earnest. Some of his most famous stories include "Gift of the Magi" and "The Caballero's Way" which introduced the character, the Cisco Kid.

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Selected Stories of O. Henry (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
O'Henry was the supreme architect in the creation of the short story. His memorable characters and 'surprise' endings truly do O'Henry credit. A MUST READ for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
He is a phenomial author. If you love stories that have interesting endings and a book that you cannot put down...read this book! The best book you'll remember the stories for the rest of your life!
quimbey More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little "feel good" stories.
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