Sep 01, Robert Stewart rated it it was amazing This is one of the best volumes of O. Like all of his books, some stories are better than others. But none are complete duds and some are real gems.
See Article History Alternative Title: William Sydney Porter O. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or ironicand often had surprise endings, a device that became identified with his name and cost him critical favour when its vogue had passed.
In he went to Texaswhere he worked on a ranch, in a general land office, and later as teller in the First National Bank in Austin. He began writing sketches at about the time of his marriage to Athol Estes inand in he started a humorous weekly, The Rolling Stone.
When that venture failed, Porter joined the Houston Post as reporter, columnist, and occasional cartoonist. In February he was indicted for embezzlement of bank funds. Friends aided his flight to Honduras.
When convicted, Porter received the lightest sentence possible, and in he entered the penitentiary at ColumbusOhio; his sentence was shortened to three years and three months for good behaviour. As night druggist in the prison hospital, he could write to earn money for support of his daughter Margaret.
His stories of adventure in the southwest U. Porter had become O.
His first book, Cabbages and Kingsdepicted fantastic characters against exotic Honduran backgrounds. Both The Four Million and The Trimmed Lamp explored the lives of the multitude of New York in their daily routines and searchings for romance and adventure.
Heart of the West presented accurate and fascinating tales of the Texas range. A second marriage in was unhappy. After his death three more collected volumes appeared: Later seven fugitive stories and poems, O. HenryanaLetters to Lithopolisand two collections of his early work on the Houston Post, Postscripts and O.
Henry Encorewere published. Foreign translations and adaptations for other art forms, including films and television, attest his universal application and appeal.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles:William Sydney Porter, writing as O. Henry, wrote in a dry, humorous style and, as in "The Gift of the Magi," often ironically used coincidences and surprise endings.
Released from prison in Born: Sep 11, The collection of O. Henry's best short stories starts off with his most famous one, "The Gift of the Magi", which I have loved for many years. I really did not know what to expect from the rest of the collection, but for the most part they were similarly entertaining/5.
A short story is a piece of prose fiction that typically can be read in one sitting and focuses on a self-contained incident or series of linked incidents, with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood, however there are many exceptions to this. O'Henry is one of the born story-tellers of the world.
He wrote so naturally and without much difficulty as if it was but to breathe to him. He is a master of tragedy, romance and extravaganza, of tales of mystery or of common life/common people, with especial skill in surprise ending. quotes from O. Henry: '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.', 'No friendship is an accident.
', and 'Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.'. THE GIFT OF THE MAGI BY O. HENRY Short Story: “The Gift of the Magi” Author: O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), – First published: The original story is in the public domain in the United Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the.