Collected Stories Of O Henry, 212 Stories, William Sidney Porter, Avenel Books Hardcover 1979

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COLLECTED STORIES OF O HENRY: 212 STORIES with 24 Illustrations: Published by AVENEL BOOKS in 1979 & edited by PAUL J HOROWITZ. O HENRY (WILLIAM SIDNEY PORTER) is surely one of the best loved short story writers. Invariably, his stories appear in diverse anthologies, and one can find at least one of his stories in almost any collection of American writers. Not only have they been translated extensively, but they have been adapted for stage, screen, and television, and appear universally in school curricula and libraries. The continuing and broadly based popularity of O HENRY is fitting testimony to a writer whose ultimate achievement was to capture, in all its vividness and individuality, the voice of the “common man.” The stories combine an inventive wit and gentle humor with an underlying humanism, They are sentimental, they are funny, they are sad, but they are all delightfully entertaining and will amuse and touch you as they have generations since the turn of the century. They pulse with life and present an array of colorful and unique characters. Of course, the final twist, or surprise ending has come to be regarded as the O HENRY trademark. O HENRY was the famous pen name of WILLIAM SIDNEY PORTER, who lived a rich and varied life that provided the raw material out of which the stories were formed. In the introduction to this edition, a substantial biographical description shows how the stories originated in the extraordinary events and many locales of the author’s life. This collection is unique in that it is composed chiefly of the original stories, which have been reprinted exactly as they were when they first appeared in newspapers and magazines, and thus capture the true flavor of O HENRY. The illustrations which accompany the stories are also reproduced from the original periodicals. Included as well is a helpful and informative Index of Stories with Periodicals and Dates. The stories selected for this collection represent the full scope of O HENRY’s works. They range from the genteel South to the Wild West of Texas, from Honduras in revolutionary Latin America to his beloved metropolis, “Bagdad-on-the-Subway, “ New York. Because of the wide range of these stories, a definitive list of the best of O HENRY would hardly be unanimous, but there are stories and characters that do stand out as favorites of many. There is sweet DULCIE, the working girl in “AN UNFINISHED STORY”; JOHN PERKINS, who has the best intentions of anyone in “KATY OF THE FROGMORE FLATS”; the moving story of JIM and DELLA in “GIFTS OF THE MAGI”; the dispirited young lover of “THE FUNISHED ROOM”; and JIMMY VALENTINE, the thief in “A RETRIEVED REFORM.” The suffering, the humor, the trials, the joys—all described with O HENRY’s expressive language and in his inimitable style: the cheats and those who hare honest, the selfish and the selfless, those who cry and those who laugh. He presented life as he saw it and left it to the reader to form his own judgements. Here are the stories of “America’s favorite storyteller.”
*there is a small tear to the back cover dust jacket of this volume
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