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The Complete Edition of O. Henry Whirligigs

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger P ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1910)
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Robert Stewart
Sep 18, 2014 Robert Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best volumes of O. Henry's. Like all of his books, some stories are better than others. But none are complete duds and some are real gems. My favorites in this book are "Calloway's Code", "Tommy's Burglar" and "A little Local Colour".

In "Calloway's Code", a reporter covering the Russo-Japanese War wants to get a story by the Japanese censors. He comes up with an ingenious code, but back in New York, his editor can't make sense of it. He consults all sorts of newspapermen, but
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Henry, O.
The Complete Works of O. Henry

In compilation only.

1) The World and the Door
2) The Theory and the Hound
3) The Hypotheses of Failure
4) Calloway's Code
5) A Matter of Mean Elevation
6) "Girl"
7) Sociology in Serge and Straw
8) The Ransom of Red Chief
9) The Marry Month of May
10) A Technical Error
11) Suite Homes and Their Romance
12) The Whirligig of Life
13) A Sacrifice Hit
14) The Roads We Take
15) A Blackjack Bargainer
16) The Song and the Sergeant
17) One Dollar's Worth
18) A Newspaper Story
19) Tom
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Rebecca Timmons
Dec 31, 2015 Rebecca Timmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very clever and intriguing stories!
Monica
Whirligigs offers some of O. Henry's best short stories; complete with quirky characters, witty romps with clever twists, and "I did not see that coming" endings. Included in the book is the short titled The Ransom of Red Chief, one of my all-time favorites. A public domain book, free at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1595
Jan
Oct 13, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy is very old. Published in 1910. O. Henry short stories - some very familiar, some I had never read. His use of words - though not always easy to read quickly - are worth taking the time to read carefully. Some descriptions made me laugh out loud. And then there is always the twist at the end of his stories. Take your time. If you love words, dip in.
Paul Groos
Dec 09, 2015 Paul Groos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely short stories., most are in fact very short. O.Henry writes lovingly about every one of his characters.
Suzanne
Nov 04, 2008 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I only read half of the book and decided that was enough. Didn't care for it.
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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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