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The Ransom of Red Chief & Other Stories by O. Henry

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A new selection of tales from one of America's favorite storytellers, designed to appeal to young readers. He's a minster of the surprise ending and champion of the underdog. Includes such favorites as "The Ransom of Red Chief", "Gifts of the Magi", "The Furnished Room", "The Guilty Party", and more.
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published February 4th 1996 by Gramercy
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The Ransom of Red Chief is fun. I wonder if American boys is like him. Scared!
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O. Henry's humorous, energetic style shows the influence of Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce. The story tells about two kidnappers, who make off with the young son of a prominent man. They find out that the child is a real nuisance. In the end they agree to pay the boy's father to take him back. - "Sam," says Bill, "I suppose you'll think I'm a renegade. but I couldn't help it. I'm a grown person with masculine proclivities and habits of self-defense, but there is a time when all systems of egotism ...more
Picked this up after reading "Gift of the Magi", "After Twenty Years", and "A Retrieved Reformation" in classes I was a substitute teacher for. Those were probably the best stories in the collection, but the whole thing is a fun read. O Henry has a great sense of humor, but also does excellent poignant stories.
I love short stories. This is one of my favorite O. Henrys. Another that is more difficult to find is "The Pimienta Pancakes."
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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 drugs
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