From the Hardcover edition.
Heart of the West
Cabbages and Kings
The Four Million
The Gentle Grafter
The Gift of the Magi
Roads of Destiny
Strictly Business More Stories of the Four Million
Sixes and Sevens
The Trimmed Lamp & Other Stories
The Voice of the City
Waifs and Strays
The Boy Scouts Book of Stories
Most of O. Henry's stories are set in his own time, the early 20th century. Many take place in New York City and deal for the most part with ordinary people: clerks, policemen, waitresses, etc.
O. Henry's work is wide-ranging, and his characters can be found roaming the cattle-lands of Texas, exploring the art of the con-man, or investigating the tensions of class and wealth in turn-of-the-century New York. O. Henry had an inimitable hand for isolating some element of society and describing it with an incredible economy and grace of language. Some of his best and least-known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings, a series of stories each of which explores some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town, while advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another.
* ALL the short story collections and each with their own contents table
* overall contents tables for the short stories – both alphabetical and chronological – find that special story quickly and easily!
* rare short story collections like O HENRYANA and THE TWO WOMEN – often missed out of collections
* includes O. Henry’s poetry and letters
* EVEN includes the enigmatic LETTERS TO LITHOPOLIS FROM O. HENRY TO MABEL WAGNALLS, available in no other collection
* includes the BONUS text of C. Alphonso Smith’s famous biography – explore O. Henry’s interesting life!
* ALSO includes the story collection MY TUSSLE WITH THE DEVIL by O. Henry’s Ghost for your enjoyment
* images relating to O. Henry’s life, works, places and film adaptations
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around O. Henry’s works
The Short Story Collections
CABBAGES AND KINGS
THE FOUR MILLION
THE TRIMMED LAMP
HEART OF THE WEST
THE VOICE OF THE CITY
ROADS OF DESTINY
THE TWO WOMEN
SIXES AND SEVENS
THE GENTLE GRAFTER
WAIFS AND STRAYS
MY TUSSLE WITH THE DEVIL BY O. HENRY’S GHOST
The Short Stories
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF SHORT STORIES
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF SHORT STORIES
LIST OF POEMS
LIST OF LETTERS
LETTERS TO LITHOPOLIS FROM O. HENRY TO MABEL WAGNALLS
O. HENRY BIOGRAPHY BY C. ALPHONSO SMITH
One of O. Henry's most-loved short stories, THE GIFT OF THE MAGI is perfect for the holiday season. In this heartwarming tale, a young couple of limited means contemplates buying Christmas gifts for each other, with unexpected results.
One day a smart little groom rode into the court where Tom lived. Tom was just hiding behind a wall, to heave half a brick at his horse's legs, as is the custom of that country when they welcome strangers; but the groom saw him, and halloed to him to know where Mr. Grimes, the chimney-sweep, lived. Now, Mr. Grimes was Tom's own master, and Tom was a good man of business, and always civil to customers, so he put the half-brick down quietly behind the wall, and proceeded to take orders.
The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.
HenryThough his work earned him an avid readership, O. Henry died in poverty and oblivion scarcely eight years after his arrival in New York. But in the treasury of stories he left behind are such classics of the genre as "The Gift of the Magi," "The Last Leaf," "The Ransom of Red Chief," "The Voice of the City" and "The Cop and the Anthem" — all included in this choice selection. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.
Tales of old and young, rich and poor, the best and the worst...
Tales of lies and truth, selfishness and sacrifice, loyalty and betrayal...
O'Henry's stories are set in mansions and slums, teeming cities and desolate frontiers. Stories of grand adventure, thrilling romance, gripping suspense, hilarious comedy. Stories about turns of fate, twists of destiny, accidents of chance...and always. always, endless surprises!
The tales of O'Henry--stories as surprising..as life itself.
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I THE LAST OF THE TROUBADOURS
II THE SLEUTHS
III WITCHES' LOAVES
IV THE PRIDE OF THE CITIES
V HOLDING UP A TRAIN
VI ULYSSES AND THE DOGMAN
VII THE CHAMPION OF THE WEATHER
VIII MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN
IX AT ARMS WITH MORPHEUS
X A GHOST OF A CHANCE
XI JIMMY HAYES AND MURIEL
XII THE DOOR OF UNREST
XIII THE DUPLICITY OF HARGRAVES
XIV LET ME FEEL YOUR PULSE
XV OCTOBER AND JUNE
XVI THE CHURCH WITH AN OVERSHOT-WHEEL
XVII NEW YORK BY CAMP FIRE LIGHT
XVIII THE ADVENTURES OF SHAMROCK JOLNES
XIX THE LADY HIGHER UP
XX THE GREATER CONEY
XXI LAW AND ORDER
XXII TRANSFORMATION OF MARTIN BURNEY
XXIII THE CALIPH AND THE CAD
XXIV THE DIAMOND OF KALI
XXV THE DAY WE CELEBRATE
The Greater Coney, Law and Order, Transformation of Martin Burney, The Caliph and the Cad, The Diamond of Kali & The Day We Celebrate.
O. Henry's comic eye and unique, ironic approach to life's realities are unmatched. These stories—about con men and tricksters and "innocent" deceivers, about fate, luck, and coincidence—have delighted generations of readers. Set in New York and the West, in Central America and the South, they demonstrate O. Henry's mastery of speech and place, and highlight his appreciation of life's quirks.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Jeff Peters is an honest swindler. He believes in never taking something from a man unless he gives in return—whether it’s fake jewelry, a crack on the head, or a bogus deed to the Brooklyn Bridge. His partner, Andy Tucker, is a different story. Andy is a grifter with imagination, who would rook every rube in the world if he got the chance. Instead, he’ll have to settle for the city of Pittsburgh. When Andy and Jeff descend on the Steel City, no millionaire’s pocketbook is safe. But then again, neither is the conscience of a conman.
“Conscience in Art” is one of O. Henry’s finest stories, demonstrating all the wit, charm, and ingenuity that made him famous. This collection of classic tales set on the wrong side of the law showcases a master craftsman at the top of his form.
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