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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.

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Psyche And The Pskyscraper

The story of an wholly unphilosophical girl and her two suitors.

10 min read

The Poet And The Peasant

A country boy arrives in the city - but is mistaken for a confidence trickster.

13 min read

A Bird Of Bagdad

* Story contains bad language

The story of a suitor, a riddle and an ever-helpful restaurenteur.

9 min read

"What You Want"

A man rich enough to despise everything that money can buy goes out and tries to want something that he can't pay for.

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The Fifth Wheel

A good deed by the recently unemployed coachman Thomas McQuade has strange consequences.