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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (25 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140186883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140186888
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,856,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) published all of his work a novel and some 300 short stories under the pseudonym 0. Henry. His talent for vivid caricature, local tone, narrative agility, and compassion tempered by irony made him a vastly popular writer in the last decade of his life. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, to ordinary middle-class parents and worked in an uncle s drugstore as a youth, becoming a certified pharmacist. Like many Southerners after the Civil War, he sought his fortune in the West, holding various jobs (newspaper work, clerking in a land office, a teller at an Austin bank). Charged with embezzlement in 1894, he fled to Honduras, returning in 1897 to be with his ill and dying wife. His conviction was caused more by his eluding trial than by the conflicting evidence of theft. In the Ohio State Penitentiary (1898-1901), he began to write the stories that made him famous. He moved to New York, remarried, and kept his identity a secret from all but a few friends. He is buried in Asheville, North Carolina. He is universally honored for his mastery of the short story and for his humane spirit. Guy Davenport, a critic and writer of fiction, is best known for two books of essays, "The Geography of the Imagination" and "Every Force Evolves a Form." He has published seven collections of short stories and numerous translations of early Greek poets and playwrights. Now retired, he was a professor of English at the University of Kentucky from 1964 to 1990. He is also a painter and illustrator."


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I bought this book on impulse and it has only dissapointed me in one respect. I skipped the introduction and jumped straight to the stories. I thought I was being clever when I compared it to Runyon's stories of 4 decades later. When I went back to read the introduction, the comparison had made there already. In all other respects I cannot fault the book.
The stories are very short. They are generally gentle, charming stories by someone who obviously had a great sympathy for the people he was describing.
I highly recommend it to anyone.
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Even if many stories reflect the 1910's America the very fact that it's about human values, relations and "Surprises", it's even fresh in 2000's. Many stories, which we heard as short quickies are here by this great author. This a must to have for those who want some thing to tingle there heart, emotions and head.
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Rarely do you find a book of short stories why every single one of the stories is an absolute joy to read. Well look no further, this Wordsworth Classic of O. Henry's Short Stories will please the story enthusiast as well as those who, like myself, occasionally like to indulge in the classics.
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Some short story collections read like literary off cuts. Quickies run out to order by novellists are not the same as well crafted miniature works designed to fill their frames. All would-be short story writers should be made to read these tales and learn from the great American master.
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O. Henry's writing was intended for adult audiences, but because the stories were published in the newspaper they are quite suitable for middle-school readers. I bought this for my grand-children.
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These stories are now largely forgotten but well worth reading for their gentle humour and irony. This version contains an excellent introduction which helps set them in context.
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O Henry is my favourite short story author. I downloaded this book to read to my year 7 form. They love the surprise endings.
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A brilliant collection of impressive and interesting stories.
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