O. Henry

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O. Henry


Born
in Greensboro, North Carolina, The United States
September 11, 1862

Died
June 05, 1910

Genre


William Sydney Porter lends the pen name "O. Henry" to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter. His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. Their voices and his language were products of his era.

He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen, worked five years in uncle's drugstore, then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch.

In 1884 he went to Austin where he worked in a real estate office, a church choir, and spent four years as a draftsman in the General Land Office. His wife and firstborn died, but daughter Margaret survived him.

After he failed to establish a small humorous weekly, he worked in poorly-run bank. When
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Polls

December 2015 Short Story Poll

 
  25 votes, 18.9%

1905, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, 32 pages
 
  20 votes, 15.2%

 
  18 votes, 13.6%

 
  14 votes, 10.6%

 
  14 votes, 10.6%

1835, The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, 48 pages
 
  12 votes, 9.1%

 
  10 votes, 7.6%

 
  8 votes, 6.1%

1897, Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham, 128 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1983, Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, 98 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1955, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

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