Best Short Stories

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Courier Corporation, 2002 - Fiction - 208 pages
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William Sydney Porter (1862–1910), better known as O. Henry, led a life similar to those of his own fictional characters. Convicted of embezzlement, he found inspiration in his prison experience for some of the characters who populate his ironic tales. The 16 choice selections in this volume — among them "The Ransom of Red Chief," "The Last Leaf," "The Voice of the City," and the classic, "The Gift of the Magi" — have endeared him to generations of readers. Large print edition.
 

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Contents

The Gift of the Magi
1
The Cop and the Anthem
10
Springtime a la Carte
21
The Green Door
31
After Twenty Years
44
The Furnished Room
50
The Pimienta Pancakes
61
The Last Leaf
78
While the Auto Waits
97
A Retrieved Reformation
106
A Municipal Report
119
A Newspaper Story
146
The Ransom of Red Chief
152
A Ghost of a Chance
170
Makes the Whole World Kin
188
Copyright

The Voice of the City
89

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O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, who was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Porter was a licensed pharmacist and worked on a sheep ranch in Texas. He was a draftsman for the General Land Office and a teller for the First National Bank of Texas. He was convicted of embezzlement and eventually served five years in prison. While in prison, he began writing short stories under his pseudonym and eventually wrote over 300. As O. Henry, Porter is one of America's best known writers, and his stories, such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief", are still taught in schools. In 1918, the O. Henry Awards, an annual anthology of short stories, was established in his honor. Porter died on June 5, 1910.

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