Famous for his ironic plot twists and suspenseful endings, William Sidney Porter (known popularly as O Henry) is one of the foremost American short story writers. He was born on September 11, 1862, in
Porter went to school only up to the age of 15. He later worked in his uncle’s drugstore as bookkeeper and by the age of 20, graduated to pharmacist. Then he moved to
The accusation caused his flight to
Most of O Henry stories are the product of his time, based mostly on the life in
Having been released from the prison, he moved to
O Henry married again in 1907 (Sarah Lindsey Coleman, his childhood friend), and continued to publish highly successful short stories. In spite of his success, he drank heavily, causing him be bedridden for cirrhosis of the liver. Finally, the legend died this day in 1910.
O Henry Legacy
O Henry Award is given to the most exciting and outstanding short stories every year. Also, the best 20 short stories of the year are published in the
O Henry Elementary School in
O Henry Hotel in
The original house rented by Porter family in
Here are the most important of his works: Cabbages and Kings (1904), The Four Million (1906), The Trimmed Lamp (1907), Heart of the West (1907), The Voice of the City (1908), The Gentle Grafter (1908), Roads of Destiny (1909), Options (1909), and Strictly Business (1910), Whirligigs (1910). The collections Sixes and Sevens (1911), Rolling Stones (1912), and Waifs and Strays (1917) are published post-mortem.
You can download or read online O Henry works from here.
Major Short Stories of O Henry (Some Amazon Links)
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