The Fiction: Complete and Unabridged

The Fiction: Complete and Unabridged O. Henry
  • Title: The Fiction: Complete and Unabridged
  • Author: O. Henry
  • ISBN: 9780760781227
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fiction: Complete and Unabridged O. Henry The Fiction Complete and Unabridged In a career that lasted little than a decade O Henry wrote than two hundred short stories that have become staples of American literature His slice of life tales of ordinary men and women struggling
    In a career that lasted little than a decade, O Henry wrote than two hundred short stories that have become staples of American literature His slice of life tales of ordinary men and women struggling to cope with the incongruous circumstances of life often ended with an ironic or amusing twist that became his trademark.This literary omnibus reprints all of theIn a career that lasted little than a decade, O Henry wrote than two hundred short stories that have become staples of American literature His slice of life tales of ordinary men and women struggling to cope with the incongruous circumstances of life often ended with an ironic or amusing twist that became his trademark.This literary omnibus reprints all of the short fiction published in his thirteen story collections masterpieces that run the emotional gamut from comedy to pathos and that include The Gift of the Magi , The Cop and the Anthem, Mammon and Archer, A Retrieved Reformation, and The Ransom of Red Chief O Henry The Fiction is part of Barnes Noble s Library of Essential Writers Each title in the series presents the finest works complete and unabridged from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard back editions Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer s life and works.
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    About O. Henry


    1. 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 drugstore, then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch In 1884 he went to Austin where he worked in a real estate office, 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 After he failed to establish a small humorous weekly, he worked in poorly run bank When its accounts did not balance, he was blamed for it, and fired In Houston, he worked for a few years until ordered to stand trial for embezzlement he fled to New Orleans and thence, to Honduras Two years later, he returned on account of his wife s illness Apprehended, Porter served a few months than three years in a Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio During his incarceration, he composed ten short stories, including A Blackjack Bargainer, The Enchanted Kiss, and The Duplicity of Hargraves In 1899, McClure s published Whistling Dick s Christmas Story and Georgia s Ruling While in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he sent manuscripts to New York editors In the spring of 1902, Ainslee s Magazine offered him a regular income if he moved to New York In less than eight years, he became a bestselling author of collections of short stories Cabbages and Kings came first, in 1904 followed by The Four Million The Trimmed Lamp and Heart of the West in 1907 The Voice of the City in 1908 Roads of Destiny and Options in 1909, Strictly Business and Whirligigs in 1910 Posthumously published collections include The Gentle Grafter about the swindler, Jeff Peters Rolling Stones and Waifs and Strays and in 1936, unsigned stories Others were rewarded financially A Retrieved Reformation, about the safe cracker Jimmy Valentine, got 250 six years later, 500 for dramatic rights, which gave over 100,000 royalties for playwright Paul Armstrong Many stories have been made into films.


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    1. i ve been reading this off and on for over a year now i mean it s over a thousand really small print pages people i really enjoyed his island stories, but find his western ones not as interesting overall though, fun reads i ve moved this to the to read shelf as i haven t read it in a really long time, and i don t see myself reading it anytime too soonwaaaaay too many other books to get through.

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