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Stories by O. Henry

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  635 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
ISBN: 1559029838 (Do NOT enter in ISBN field!)

Born William Sidney Porter in 1862, O. Henry first lived a checkered life as a cowhand, bank teller, reporter, embezzler, and convict. Then, in a last-minute reversal worthy of one of his own stories, he turned to fiction, and became a celebrated author of ironic miniatures. "The Gift of the Magi" is perhaps his most famous cre
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 15th 1989 by Tor Classics (first published January 1st 1965)
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Archit Ojha
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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One Sentence : O. Henry plays in the football league of his own.
Andrei Tamaş
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nefiind un scriitor de profesie (a fost medic, funcționar la bancă și pușcăriaș, fiind acuzat de fraudă fiscală) și neavând studii în litere, O. Henry reușește totuși să surprindă prin proza sa scurtă....
Întotdeauna mi-au plăcut scrierile care reuşesc să surprindă fără a apela la niciun dram de supranatural. Perplexitatea pe care o lasă în inima cititorului după parcurgerea celor câteva pagini ale fiecărei opere este profundă, impresionând mai degrabă prin neașteptatul final decât prin substanț
Trang Anh
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Voltaire once said: “Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls”. Genuine poetry sings to us, lets us feel the melody and dance accordingly. The melody will then resonate, echo and become part of us.

Each story of O' Henry's is a poem permeated with wit, warmth and tenderness.

His twist endings amazed me; his characters moved me; his stories touched my heart and nourished my soul!
Alisha Kennedy
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I didn't believe I would be able to get in to the way these short stories are written, but by the end I have to add O'Henry in with Louie Lamore in my Short Story Favorites.
Stefan Stoyanov
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best autor of short stories!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't read these all in one go!
But do read them, and reread at least a few. I've always loved the ideas, not just Magi, or Ransom of Red Chief, or the Cop and the Anthem... but this time around I was able to pay more attention to the style, the vocabulary, the craftsmanship. And the ideas within the main ideas. For example, The Furnished Room is more than a horror story; it's also a commentary on the segment of society that used boarding houses, both the women who would let the rooms and the me
Jenny Suh
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have spent the last few days on your keester, staring at drug names, drug therapy, pharmacology, physiology, and statistics, and you need reassurance that life is not all about living in obscurity in the midst of academia, go and read some O'Henry stories. But only after you have gone out with friends, TALKED to people, and have utterly overwhelmed yourself with extrovertism.

O'Henry sees the silver lining in life. At least his stories seem to portray him that way. He forces you to look a

The foreword and the afterword cannot help but mention how underappreciated O. Henry is/was. I was convinced these smug critics were completely wrong because I read The Gift of the Magi in high school and never forgot it. I was anticipating a whole book full of The Gift of the Magis. Be careful what you wish for.

Like The Gift of the Magi, almost all of these stories are slightly sweet and slightly silly with a slight "punch" or twist at the end. It's a
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief," I thought I knew what I would find in this small collection of O. Henry stories, but how wrong I was! His gift for humor is enormous. He can poke fun at city dwellers, cowpokes, con men, and even crazy cat ladies like me. Change, "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog" to "Memoirs of a Black Cat" and you'll have an exact representation of what it's like to live in my house. He lampooned me like Mad Magazine never could, and I loved every wor ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it
These stories were amusing; not terribly deep, but then again, they are short stories. After reading several, the trademark "surprise" ending became predictable, but was still often entertaining or able to illicit a short-lived emotional reaction. Definitely worth reading to be culturally literate; a great sampling of O. Henry's works.
David Koblos
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Oh, the beauty of short stories! I loved them, each in their own way. After finnishing one, I couldn't help looking back and repeating in my mind its progression, its twist, and its curious outcome. Little jewels of literature, from a time when things were made to last.
I skipped a few in this edition, but it was a quick, satisfying read. "Schools and Schools" is wonderful.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Many of these are quite slight but many are excellent. It also forshadows the modern interest in microfictions.
Allison Fetch
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I originally purchased this book back in high school and it sat unread since then. I got about halfway through it a few years ago and finally finished it this week. I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but I think I should make an exception for O. Henry. While I generally didn't care for his stories set in the West, and much preferred those set in NYC, I thoroughly enjoyed most of these tales. The only one which I had already read was "Gift of the Magi", but I found others that I truly enjoyed. ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jason-read
Jason read this and enjoyed many of the stories. Some stories were difficult to get through because the vocabulary was advanced (for an almost 12 year old voracious reader) and the content a bit complex. Other stories, however, were really compelling -- like The Green Door, which was -- by far -- his favorite. That story Jason would recommend to all readers.

He read the anthology from my junior high school years. I LOVED O'Henry, for the record, and would have given it a 4 or 5 star rating.
Nasir Zakareya
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very interesting one. It had short stories and each story had a different theme and they all had an ironic twist towards the end. My favorite story was the one about a couple that sacrificed their most prized possessions to get each other a gift for Christmas however at the "twist" at the end of the story was that each person sacrificed the thing that was intended to go with the gift they got each other. I thought this was very interesting and that the moral of the story very muc ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanx to yesterday's rain I finished reading the book. It was a perfect mix of stories that made me laugh, cry and think about how different the world became from O. Henry's time! His way of writing is exquisite! All of the stories are simply inspiring! I didn't go to bed without reading at least one of his stories! Thanx to a friend I am adding this book to my forever bookshelf and re-read it whenever it feels like sth beautiful, lively and inspiring...
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Though the stories of O'Henry are clever and full of whimsy, it cannot make up for the fact that they are often trite and uninteresting. Perhaps I am still too young to fully appreciate his style and the message buried in each tale, but I feel my time would be better suited for tales with more substance.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have reread Stories by O.Henry many time, and ,for sure, it is my favorite book. I am impressed by the talent of the author to describe perfectly human nature in just 2 or 3 pages. Besides, his sense of humor (“Princess and Puma”) adds some extra attractiveness to the stories.

Definitely, in my recommended list
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of stories for one who has little time to read. They are short, often humorous, and written in a folksy language that is far easier for the modern reader (or at least me) to parse than many other stories from the same era. If you liked The Gift of the Magi, you'll probably like the rest of the stories. I don't know what took me so long to read this.
David Richardson
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Most of the stories in this book were quite good. There were a few clunkers, but you can expect that in any collection. Short so you can read it quickly, if you like short stories you should check this out.
Jul 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shortstories
Best known for the short story, "The Gift of the Magi", O. Henry was definitely a master at what we today call "the twist ending." The story that I remember most is "The Green Door." At the time I read it, I wrote that I liked "Schools and Schools" and "The Last Leaf."
Kristina Stefanova
The usual stories. I liked it and I can't tell why but those stories were more interesting for me when I was in the high school. Meanwhile maybe O. Henry is one of the writers with more strongly expressed style and that makes him father of the short stories.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have a much earlier version of this given to me by my sister when I was 9. I didn't want a book for Christmas but she would read to me from it when I would go to stay overnight. This book became one of my most cherished possessions. I still read it to this day.
Don Gubler
Clever writer.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Pretty much a complete collection of all of O.Henry's short story collections.

A collection of collections as it were.
Barry Thomas
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Indah Threez Lestari
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-english, punya
908 - 2012
Apr 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
these were some interesting stories that were perfect in length to read one just before bedtime.
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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 his uncle's d
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