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O. Henry


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

Died
June 05, 1910

Genre


Such volumes as Cabbages and Kings (1904) and The Four Million (1906) collect short stories, noted for their often surprising endings, of American writer William Sydney Porter, who used the pen name O. Henry.

His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. His era produced their voices and his language.

Mother of three-year-old Porter died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen years of age and worked for five years in drugstore of his uncle and then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch.

In 1884, he went to Austin, where he worked in a real estate office and 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.

He failed
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The Gift of the Magi

4.10 avg rating — 90,555 ratings — published 1905 — 15 editions
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The Ransom of Red Chief

4.16 avg rating — 6,178 ratings — published 1907 — 14 editions
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The Gift of the Magi and Ot...

4.14 avg rating — 5,882 ratings — published 1904 — 49 editions
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The Last Leaf

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The Best Short Stories of O...

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The Complete Works of O. Henry

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4.33 avg rating — 1,941 ratings — published 1937 — 32 editions
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Cabbages and Kings

3.96 avg rating — 1,318 ratings — published 1904 — 419 editions
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After Twenty Years

3.99 avg rating — 851 ratings — published 1973 — 5 editions
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Stories by O. Henry

4.26 avg rating — 756 ratings — published 1965 — 14 editions
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“Each of us, when our day's work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster à la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.”
O. Henry

“No friendship is an accident. ”
O. Henry, Heart of the West

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”
O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
 
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The Burglar's ChristmasLouisa May Alcott
 
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Christmas at Red Butt L.M. Montgomery
 
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A Chaparral Christmas Gift byO. Henry
 
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The Christmas Present byRichmal Crompton
 
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The Romance of a Christmas CardKate Douglas Wiggin
 
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