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
From the Hardcover edition.
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.
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.
Cabbages and Kings (McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904)The Proem: by the Carpenter, “Fox-in-the-Morning”, The Lotus and the Bottle, Smith, Caught, Cupid’s Exile Number Two, The Phonograph and the Graft, Money Maze, The Admiral, The Flag Paramount, The Shamrock and the Palm, The Remnants of the Code, Shoes, Ships, Masters of Arts, Dicky, Rouge et Noir, Two Recalls, The Vitagraphoscope
Tobin’s Palm, The Gift of the Magi, A Cosmopolite in a Café, Between Rounds, The Skylight Room, A Service of Love, The Coming-Out of Maggie, Man about Town, The Cop and the Anthem, An Adjustment of Nature, Memoirs of a Yellow Dog, The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein, Mammon and the Archer, Springtime à la Carte, The Green Door, From the Cabby’s Seat, An Unfinished Story, The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock, Sisters of the Golden Circle, The Romance of a Busy Broker, After Twenty Years, Lost on Dress Parade, By Courier, The Furnished Room, The Brief Début of Tildy
The Four Million (McClure, Phillips & Co., 1906)
The Trimmed Lamp, A Madison Square Arabian Night, The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball, The Pendulum, Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen, The Assessor of Success, The Buyer from Cactus City, The Badge of Policeman O’Roon, Brickdust Row, The Making of a New Yorker, Vanity and Some Sables, The Social Triangle, The Purple Dress, The Foreign Policy of Company 99, The Lost Blend, A Harlem Tragedy, “The Guilty Party”, According to their Lights, A Midsummer Knight’s Dream, The Last Leaf, The Count and the Wedding Guest, The Country of Elusion, The Ferry of Unfulfilment, The Tale of a Tainted Tenner, Elsie in New York
The Trimmed Lamp (McClure, Phillips & Co., 1907)
Hearts and Crosses, The Ransom of Mack, Telemachus, Friend, The Handbook of Hymen, The Pimienta Pancakes, Seats of the Haughty, Hygeia at the Solito, An Afternoon Miracle, The Higher Abdication, Cupid à la Carte, The Caballero’s Way, The Sphinx Apple, The Missing Chord, A Call Loan, The Princess and the Puma, The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson, Christmas by Injunction, A Chaparral Prince, The Reformation of Calliope
Heart of the West (The McClure Company, 1907)
The Voice of the City, The Complete Life of John Hopkins, A Lickpenny Lover, Dougherty’s Eye-Opener, “Little Speck in Garnered Fruit”, The Harbinger, While the Auto Waits, A Comedy in Rubber, One Thousand Dollars, The Defeat of the City, The Shocks of Doom, The Plutonian Fire, Nemesis and the Candy Man, Squaring the Circle, Roses, Ruses and Romance, The City of Dreadful Night, The Easter of the Soul, The Fool-Killer, Transients in Arcadia, The Rathskeller and the Rose, The Clarion Call, Extradited from Bohemia, A Philistine in Bohemia, From Each according to his Ability, The Memento
The Voice of the City (The McClure Company, 1908)
The Octopus Marooned, Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet, Modern Rural Sports, The Chair of Philanthromathematics, The Hand that Riles the World, The Exact Science of Matrimony, A Midsummer Masquerade, Shearing the Wolf, Innocents of Broadway, Conscience in Art, The Man Higher up, A Tempered Wind, Hostages to Momus, The Ethics of Pig
The Gentle Grafter (The McClure Company, 1908)
Roads of Destiny, The Guardian of the Accolade, The Discounters of Money, The Enchanted Profile, “Next to Reading Matter”, Art and the Bronco, Phœbe, A Double-Dyed Deceiver, The Passing of Black Eagle, A Retrieved Reformation, Cherchez la Femme, Friends in San Rosario, The Fourth in Salvador, The Emancipation of Billy, The Enchanted Kiss, A Departmental Case, The Renaissance at Charleroi, On Behalf of the Management, Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking, The Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss, Two Renegades, The Lonesome Road
Roads of Destiny (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1909)
“The Rose of Dixie”, The Third Ingredient, The Hiding of Black Bill, Schools and Schools, Thimble, Thimble, Supply and Demand, Buried Treasure, To Him who Waits, He also Serves, The Moment of Victory, The Head-Hunter, No Story, The Higher Pragmatism, Best-Seller, Rus in Urbe, A Poor Rule
Options (Harper & Brothers, 1909)
Strictly Business, The Gold that Glittered, Babes in the Jungle, The Day Resurgent, The Fifth Wheel, The Poet and the Peasant, The Robe of Peace, The Girl and the Graft, The Call of the Tame, The Unknown Quantity, The Thing’s the Play, A Ramble in Aphasia, A Municipal Report, Psyche and the Pskyscraper, A Bird of Bagdad, Compliments of the Season, A Night in New Arabia, The Girl and the Habit, Proof of the Pudding, Past One at Rooney’s, The Venturers, The Duel, “What You Want”
Strictly Business (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1910)
The World and the Door, The Theory and the Hound, The Hypotheses of Failure, Calloway’s Code, A Matter of Mean Elevation, “Girl”, Sociology in Serge and Straw, The Ransom of Red Chief, The Marry Month of May, A Technical Error, Suite Homes and their Romance, The Whirligig of Life, A Sacrifice Hit, The Roads We Take, A Blackjack Bargainer, The Song and the Sergeant, One Dollar’s Worth, A Newspaper Story, Tommy’s Burglar, A Chaparral Christmas Gift, A Little Local Colour, Georgia’s Ruling, Blind Man’s Holiday, Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches
Whirligigs (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1910)
The Last of the Troubadours, The Sleuths, Witches’ Loaves, The Pride of the Cities, Holding up a Train, Ulysses and the Dogman, The Champion of the Weather, Makes the Whole World Kin, At Arms with Morpheus, A Ghost of a Chance, Jimmy Hayes and Muriel, The Door of Unrest, The Duplicity of Hargraves, Let Me Feel your Pulse, October and June, The Church with an Overshot-Wheel, New York by Camp Fire Light, The Adventures of Shamrock Jolnes, The Lady Higher up, The Greater Coney, Law and Order, Transformation of Martin Burney, The Caliph and the Cad, The Diamond of Kali, The Day We Celebrate
Sixes and Sevens (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1911)
The Dream, A Ruler of Men, The Atavism of John Tom Little Bear, Helping the Other Fellow, The Marionettes, The Marquis and Miss Sally, A Fog in Santone, The Friendly Call, A Dinner at ——, Sound and Fury, Tictocq, Tracked to Doom, A Snapshot at the President, An Unfinished Christmas Story, The Unprofitable Servant, Aristocracy versus Hash, The Prisoner of Zembla, A Strange Story, Fickle Fortune or How Gladys Hustled, An Apology, Lord Oakhurst’s Curse, Bexar Scrip No. 2692, Queries and Answers, Poems, Letters
Rolling Stones (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1912)
The Red Roses of Tonia, Round the Circle, The Rubber Plant’s Story, Out of Nazareth, Confessions of a Humorist, The Sparrows in Madison Square, Hearts and Hands, The Cactus, The Detective Detector, The Dog and the Playlet, A Little Talk about Mobs, The Snow Man
Waifs and Strays (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1917)
The Crucible [p], A Lunar Episode, Three Paragraphs, Bulger’s Friend, A Professional Secret, The Elusive Tenderloin, The Struggle of the Outliers
O. Henryana (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920)
135 short stories, vignettes, and poems
Postscripts (Harper & Brothers, 1923) (see update v.2.0)
The Miracle of Lava Canyon, Auto Bugle Song, April, Two Chapters, Remorse, The Reporter’s Private Lexicon, To a Gibson Girl, Letter
Uncollected Stories and Poems
The Adventures of Colonel Clay, by Grant Allen
THE EPISODE OF THE MEXICAN SEER
THE EPISODE OF THE DIAMOND LINKS
THE EPISODE OF THE OLD MASTER
THE EPISODE OF THE TYROLEAN CASTLE
THE EPISODE OF THE DRAWN GAME
THE EPISODE OF THE GERMAN PROFESSOR
THE EPISODE OF THE ARREST OF THE COLONEL
THE EPISODE OF THE SELDON GOLD-MINE
THE EPISODE OF THE JAPANNED DISPATCH-BOX
THE EPISODE OF THE GAME OF POKER
THE EPISODE OF THE BERTILLON METHOD
THE EPISODE OF THE OLD BAILEY
THE COUNT'S CHAUFFEUR, by William Le Queux
BOSTON BLACKIE, by Jack Boyle
THE CHAIR OF PHILANTHROMATHEMATICS, by O. Henry
THUBWAY THAM, by Johnston McCulley
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ARSÈNE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN-BURGLAR, by Maurice Leblanc
THE LONE WOLF, by Louis Joseph Vance
ALIAS THE LONE WOLF, by Louis Joseph Vance
A ROGUE'S LIFE, by Wilkie Collins
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND SWAG, by Robert Barr
JEFF PETERS AS A PERSONAL MAGNET, by O. Henry
THE ASSASSINS' CLUB, by Gelett Burgess
MR. CLACKWORTHY TELLS THE TRUTH, by Christopher B. Booth
THE CLUE OF THE SILVER SPOONS, by Robert Barr
JEM BINNEY AND THE SAFE AT LOCKWOOD HALL, by William Hope Hodgson
A COSTUME PIECE, by E.W. Hornung
CONSTANCE DUNLAP, by Arthur B. Reeve
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CABBAGES AND KINGS
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THE TRIMMED LAMP
HEART OF THE WEST
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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
the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages.
Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the horror story and the chiming lyric poem, opens the volume with his best-loved stories: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Premature Burial," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Berenice," and "Ligeia." Every bit as chilling now as on the day they were written, these tales retain their power to stir the reader again and again. Poe, who was as well known for his poems as for his stories, is also represented by such verse standards as "The Raven," "Lenore," "To Helen," "Ulalume," and "Annabel Lee," among others.
Numerous other practitioners of the supernatural story are included: Edith Wharton, with her gripping "Afterward"; Charles Dickens and his famed ghost story "The Signalman"; W. W. Jacobs, with this com-
pilation's inspiration, "The Monkey's Paw." Also here are Saki's engrossing "Sredni Vashtar"; O. Henry's story of love lost and hopes dashed, "The Furnished Room"; Wilkie Collins's lively "A Terribly Strange Bed"; and "The Boarded Window," Ambrose Bierce's tale of the bizarre.
A year-round collection for reading aloud--and frightening your friends--The Raven and the Monkey's Paw will gratify all manner of thrill-seekers.
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YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE CELESTIAL RAILROAD, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE GREAT STONE FACE, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
ETHAN BRAND, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
RIP VAN WINKLE, by Washington Irving
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, by Washington Irving
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A POCKET-HANDKERCHIEF by James Fenimore Cooper
THE DAMNED THING, by Ambrose Bierce
AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK, by Ambrose Bierce
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE PURLOINED LETTER, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE PREMATURE BURIAL, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP, by Bret Harte
THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT, by Bret Hartev HANDS, by Sherwood Anderson
I’M A FOOL, by Sherwood Anderson
THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG, by Mark Twain
THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY, by Mark Twain
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, by O. Henry
THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF, by O. Henry
THE COP AND THE ANTHEM, by O. Henry
A RETRIEVED REFORMATION, by O. Henry
THE DUPLICITY OF HARGRAVES, by O. Henry
TO BUILD A FIRE, by Jack London
AN ODYSSEY OF THE NORTH, by Jack London
LOVE OF LIFE, by Jack London
THE HEATHEN, by Jack London
THE PEARLS OF PARLAY, by Jack London
THE BRIDE COMES TO YELLOW SKY, by Stephen Crane
THE MONSTER, by Stephen Crane
THE BLUE HOTEL, by Stephen Crane
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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.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
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
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.
But the yule holiday has been celebrated for at least two centuries in North America, and our writers have been producing memorable stories about this unique day for almost as long. Here are 29 Christmas stories old and new, tales to delight, to entrance, to beguile, and even to sadden a whole new generation of readers. From C. C. MacApp's view of a Christmas future to Jacob A. Riis's gut-wrenching portraits of the holiday in the 1890s slums of New York to William J. Locke's reenactment of the tale of the Three Wise Men, we experience every possible facet of this most precious day of the year. So sit back and relive your memories once again, as recreated through the eyes of some of the finest writers of their time!
Included in this volume:
INTRODUCTION, by Robert Reginald
THE BLOSSOMING ROD, by Mary Stewart Cutting
AND ALL THE EARTH A GRAVE, by C.C. MacApp
A REVERSIBLE SANTA CLAUS, by Meredith Nicholson
BEASLEY’S CHRISTMAS PARTY, by Booth Tarkington
A CHRISTMAS MYSTERY: THE STORY OF THREE WISE MEN, by William John Locke
BETTY’S BRIGHT IDEA, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF NEW ENGLAND, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
THE LADY ERMETTA; or, The Sleeping Secret
MR. KRIS KRINGLE: A CHRISTMAS TALE, by S. Weir Mitchell
ROSEMARY: A CHRISTMAS STORY, by C. N. & A. M. Williamson
THE CHRISTMAS CHILD, by Hesba Stretton
THE LITTLE GRAY LADY, by F. Hopkinson Smith
THE ROMANCE OF A CHRISTMAS CARD, by Kate Douglas Wiggin
MR. BAMBOO AND THE HONORABLE LITTLE GOD, by Fannie C. MacAulay
MRS. BUDLONG’S CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, by Rupert Hughes
THE OAK TREE’S CHRISTMAS GIFT, by Julian Hawthorne
THE LONG HILLSIDE: A CHRISTMAS HARE-HUNT IN OLD VIRGINIA, by Thomas Nelson Page
CANDLE AND CRIB, by K. F. Purdon
TOLD AFTER SUPPER, by Jerome K. Jerome
NIBSY’S CHRISTMAS, by Jacob A. Riis
WHAT THE CHRISTMAS SUN SAW IN THE TENEMENTS, by Jacob A. Riis
SKIPPY OF SCRABBLE ALLEY, by Jacob A. Riis
UNCLE NOAH’S CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION, by Leona Dalrymple
THE TRUCE OF GOD, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, by O. Henry
THE LITTLE MIXER, by Lillian Nicholson Shearon
THE POTATO CHILD, by Mrs. Charles J. Woodbury
A STORY THAT NEVER ENDS, by Mrs. Charles J. Woodbury
A NAZARETH CHRISTMAS, by Mrs. Charles J. Woodbury
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The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.
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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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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Roads of Destiny, The Guardian of the Accolade, The Discounters of Money, The Enchanted Profile, "Next to Reading Matter", Art and the Bronco, Phœbe, A Double-dyed Deceiver, The Passing of Black Eagle, A Retrieved Reformation, Cherchez la Femme, Friends in San Rosario, The Fourth in Salvador, The Emancipation of Billy, The Enchanted Kiss, A Departmental Case, The Renaissance at Charleroi, On Behalf of the Management, Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking, The Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss, Two Renegades & The Lonesome Road