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
Tobin and me, the two of us, went down to Coney one day, for there was four dollars between us, and Tobin had need of distractions. For there was Katie Mahorner, his sweetheart, of County Sligo, lost since she started for America three months before with two hundred dollars, her own savings, and one hundred dollars from the sale of Tobin's inherited estate, a fine cottage and pig on the Bog Shannaugh. And since the letter that Tobin got saying that she had started to come to him not a bit of news had he heard or seen of Katie Mahorner. Tobin advertised in the papers, but nothing could be found of the colleen.
So, to Coney me and Tobin went, thinking that a turn at the chutes and the smell of the popcorn might raise the heart in his bosom. But Tobin was a hardheaded man, and the sadness stuck in his skin. He ground his teeth at the crying balloons; he cursed the moving pictures; and, though he would drink whenever asked, he scorned Punch and Judy, and was for licking the tintype men as they came.
So I gets him down a side way on a board walk where the attractions were some less violent. At a little six by eight stall Tobin halts, with a more human look in his eye.
"'Tis here," says he, "I will be diverted. I'll have the palm of me hand investigated by the wonderful palmist of the Nile, and see if what is to be will be."
Tobin was a believer in signs and the unnatural in nature. He possessed illegal convictions in his mind along the subjects of black cats, lucky numbers, and the weather predictions in the papers.
We went into the enchanted chicken coop, which was fixed mysterious with red cloth and pictures of hands with lines crossing 'em like a railroad centre. The sign over the door says it is Madame Zozo the Egyptian Palmist. There was a fat woman inside in a red jumper with pothooks and beasties embroidered upon it. Tobin gives her ten cents and extends one of his hands. She lifts Tobin's hand, which is own brother to the hoof of a drayhorse, and examines it to see whether 'tis a stone in the frog or a cast shoe he has come for.
"Man," says this Madame Zozo, "the line of your fate shows—"
"Tis not me foot at all," says Tobin, interrupting. "Sure, 'tis no beauty, but ye hold the palm of me hand."
"The line shows," says the Madame, "that ye've not arrived at your time of life without bad luck. And there's more to come. The mount of Venus—or is that a stone bruise?—shows that ye've been in love. There's been trouble in your life on account of your sweetheart."
"'Tis Katie Mahorner she has references with," whispers Tobin to me in a loud voice to one side.
"I see," says the palmist, "a great deal of sorrow and tribulation with one whom ye cannot forget. I see the lines of designation point to the letter K and the letter M in her name."
"Whist!" says Tobin to me, "do ye hear that?"
"Look out," goes on the palmist, "for a dark man and a light woman; for they'll both bring ye trouble. Ye'll make a voyage upon the water very soon, and have a financial loss. I see one line that brings good luck. There's a man coming into your life who will fetch ye good fortune. Ye'll know him when ye see him by his crooked nose."