100 Selected Stories

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - 735 páginas
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With a new Introduction by Professor Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D.

This selection of a hundred of O. Henry's succinct tales displays the range, humour and humanity of a perennially popular short-story writer.

Here Henry gives a richly colourful and exuberantly entertaining panorama of social life, ranging from thieves to tycoons, from the streets of New York to the prairies of Texas.

These stories are famed for their 'trick endings' or 'twists in the tail': repeatedly the plot twirls adroitly, compounding ironies. Indeed, O. Henry's cunning plots surpass those of the ingenious rogues he creates. His style is genial, lively and witty, displaying a virtuoso's command of language and allusion.

This great collection offers delights for the mind, imagination and emotions.

 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!! These stories are so timeless. I didn't really get into the Cabbages and Kings arc, but there wasn't one single story of the rest that didn't awe me with genius. Leer comentario completo

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I just love O' Henry's books.They are remarkable and a masterpiece of an excellent work.

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Contenido

The Gift of the Magi I
1
The Skylight Room
15
The Cop and the Anthem
32
Mammon and the Archer
46
An Unfinished Story
60
The Furnished Room
74
Telemachus Friend
96
The Trimmed Lamp
112
Hostages to Momus
241
Strictly Business
260
The Fifth Wheel
276
The Things the Play
291
A Municipal Report
307
Compliments of the Season
323
Past One at Rooneys
338
The Third Ingredient
355

The Buyer from Cactus City
131
Brickdust Row
141
The Social Triangle
158
The Guilty Party
173
The Tale of a Tainted Tenner
189
The Man Higher Up 2
215
A Tempered Wind
226
Thimble Thimble
370
The HeadHunter
399
The Last of the Troubadours
411
Witches Loaves
424
Ulysses and the Dogman
437
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Acerca del autor (1995)

O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, who was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Porter was a licensed pharmacist and worked on a sheep ranch in Texas. He was a draftsman for the General Land Office and a teller for the First National Bank of Texas. He was convicted of embezzlement and eventually served five years in prison. While in prison, he began writing short stories under his pseudonym and eventually wrote over 300. As O. Henry, Porter is one of America's best known writers, and his stories, such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief", are still taught in schools. In 1918, the O. Henry Awards, an annual anthology of short stories, was established in his honor. Porter died on June 5, 1910.

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