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O. Henry

O. Henry


O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, original name William Sidney Porter, American short-story writer whose tales romanticized the commonplace—in particular the life of ordinary people in New York City. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or ironic, and often had surprise endings, a device that became identified with his name and cost him critical favour when its vogue had passed.

10 min read

Babes In The Jungle

Two low-lives from the west go to New York with plans to relieve the fool inhabitants of their cash.

7 min read

The Robe Of Peace

The strange and incredible truth behind the sudden disappearance of Johnny Bellchambers.

9 min read

The Unknown Quantity

A heir has an attack of concience and tries to 'pay back' his capitalist father's ill-gotten gains - but finds it harder than he imagined.

11 min read

An Unfinished Story

The narrator's entrance into the afterlife is used to frame a story highlighting the pitiful conditions of one girl's working life.

21 min read

Strictly Business

* Story contains bad language

The story behind the celebrated vaudeville team of (Bob) Hart & (Winona) Cherry. A witty tale of theatre folk.

9 min read

The Call Of The Tame

An Arizona man on a brief trip to New York bumps into an old friend - but finds him changed by his seven years in the city.

9 min read

The Duel

An artist and a businessman travel from the west to seek their fortunes in New York.

25 min read

A Night In New Arabia

When millionaire Jacob Spraggins, Esq. hits his late fifties, he begins to worry about his soul's salvation.

29 min read

A Municipal Report

* Story contains bad language

A portrait of Nashville through the eyes of an adventurous stranger.

11 min read

The Last Leaf

It is not Pneumonia alone that is killing Johnsy - for some reason, she has resigned herself to death.

11 min read

The Girl And The Graft

A New York gentleman desperate for attention from the press enlists the help of a grafter - who learns a valuable lesson about women.

11 min read

The Princess and the Puma

A man's attempt to save the woman of his dreams goes embarassingly wrong.