Henry's calling; he was quite careless with his bookkeeping, fired by the bank and charged with embezzlement in His father-in-law posted bail for him, but he fled the day before the trial in , first to New Orleans, then to Honduras, where there was no extradition treaty. He befriended a notorious train robber there, Al Jennings, who later wrote a book about their friendship.
Henry sent his wife and daughter back to Texas, after which he holed up in a hotel to write his first collection of short stories, Cabbages an Kings published in He learned his wife was dying of tuberculosis and could not join him in Honduras, so he returned to Austin and turned himself in to the court. His father-in-law again posted his bail so he could remain with his wife until her death in He was sentenced and served in Federal prison in Ohio for five years from During his jail time, he returned to practicing pharmacy and had a room in the hospital, never having to live in a cell.
Henry was always a lover of classic literature, and while pursuing his many ventures, O. Henry had begun writing as a hobby. Henry collected ideas for his column by loitering in hotel lobbies and observing and talking to people there. He relied on this technique to gain creative inspiration throughout his writing career; which is a fun fact to keep in mind while reading an imaginative masterpiece of a story like Transients in Arcadia.
The many twists and turns of his own life, including his travels in Latin America and time spent in prison, clearly inspired his stories' twists and wordplay. Henry's prolific writing period began in in New York City, where he wrote short stories. Some of his best and least known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings , whose title was inspired by Lewis Carroll 's poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter. The stories were set in a midwestern American town in which sub-plots and larger plots are interwoven in an engaging manner. His second collection of stories, The Four Million , was released in The stories are set in New York City, and the title is based on the population of the city at that time.
The collection contained several short story masterpieces, including The Gift of the Magi , The Cop and the Anthem , and many others. Henry had an obvious affection for New York City and its diversity of people and places, a reverence that rises up through many of his stories. Henry's trademark is his witty, plot-twisting endings, and his warm characterization of the awkward and difficult situations and the creative ways people find to resolve them.
His most famous short story, The Gift of the Magi , epitomizes his style. It's bout a young married couple, short on money, who wish to buy each other Christmas gifts. That problem -- their lack of funds -- finds a famously endearing and ironic resolution. The Cop and the Anthem is about A New York City hobo with a creative solution for dealing with the cold city streets during winter. Another story, A Retrieved Reformation , is about a safecracker, Jimmy Valentine, fresh from prison, whose life takes an unexpected turn while trying to come clean or is he casing his next crime scene?
The Ransom of Red Chief , a story about two hapless kidnappers who snatch a heinous boy whose menacing ways turn the tables on them. All of O. Henry's stories are highly entertaining, whether read for pleasure or studied in classrooms around the world. Henry's Full House , a film featuring five of O.
Henry's short stories. Unfortunately, O. Henry's personal tragedy was heavy drinking. Unread, one of four collections issued by Hodder. Book black boards,gilt lettering to spine,top page edges dyed pink,page edges and contents clean and bright. Henry, O. Joint Editors. Published by Modern Library About this Item: Modern Library, Beautiful copy with color illustrations. Hardback with slipcase. Both slipcase and book are in very good condition, with some minor scratches and other light marks.
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Contains 23 short stories, with a foreword and an afterword comparing O. Henry's technique to Japanese high artistry, with the master's finest work being penned fast and effortlessly in a burst of creativity.
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Henry - The Furnished Room and other stories O. Henry Published by Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. Best Short Stories of O. Henry Henry, O Pseud. Henry; Bennett A. Cerf Editor ; Van H. The Best Short Stories of O. More O. This collection contains some of the best of O. Henry stories some good, some very and some simply great. It's like experiencing to live in so many different worlds and to feel emotions of so many different human beings. It is completely worth reading. Jan 18, Tuong Cao rated it really liked it. On of the best books I read in Yes, it is old, it is classic, but the stories can entertain one at any time, at any place.
In comparison, the book is like a gigantic panoramic masterpiece with lives interwoven, creating the light and dark sides of American society in s. Comical, sad, hysterically funny, moving, charismatic, and often sarcastic, O. Henry's use of words is of the master. I literally lived through all of my emotions while reading this book.
Best of all, if you are a busy p On of the best books I read in Best of all, if you are a busy person who struggle to keep up with a long-running storyline, you can enjoy this book bit by bit and it is still amazing. Highly recommend. Jul 25, Connie Snow rated it really liked it. It took me a very long time to slog through this book. But it was definitely worth it. I compare it to the experience of shopping in a second hand store. Everything is pretty ancient. It takes a long time to sift through all of the dust.
Some of it is just quaint and irrelevant but mixed in with it all are some priceless gems definitely worth taking home. I'm glad that I wasn't required to read this in school. It makes it a new discovery for me. Mar 10, Maria Zapanta is currently reading it. He was brought up with the idea that to be beautiful was to make good. His conversation was about as edifying as listening to a leak dropping in a tin dish-pan at the head of the bed when you want to go to sleep; and I'm sure that whenever I heard the feeble output of throat noises that he called conversation I felt contented to be a gargoyle with a silver tongue.
Henry, Next to Reading Matter. Apr 22, Safa Alamoudi rated it it was amazing. They are amaaaaaaaaaaaazing Jul 16, Himesh rated it really liked it. Just flicked through a few stories and started feeling the taste of the revered author. Although a slow read, it just leaves you scratching your head at the end of every story. He doesn't confine himself to one niche, He can write about just any aspect of life and the ends of stories are marked by suspense.
He takes sarcasm to a new level and the faint tanginess of comedy keeps you delighted. Oct 16, Kartick Suriamoorthy is currently reading it. A classic collection of O. Henry's short stories with a twist. Keeps me occupied while I am on the Munich underground and suburban trains. I love O. Henry's style of writing and the fact that he also spent time in Austin, Texas my home for 12 years and also the fact that he coined the term "banana republic"!!
Oct 22, Nia F. Kartadilaga rated it really liked it Shelves: milik-pribadi , english-classics. Henry is full of variety of social life happened in our daily life.
Some of these stories were absolutely brilliant, witty and amusing and surprising. As most people, I am familiar with O'Henry for all of the wrong reasons and stories, naturally his old standards are in here, the hair cut, and the leaf paint job, but that is where the line is drawn. A Midsummer Masquerade. I enjoyed this book of short stories, but had a hard time getting through it. Henry and what surprised me most was how modern these stories written more than a century ago, feel. This anthology includes forty-one stories that continue to captivate generation after generation of readers, including "The Gift of the Magi", "The Furnished Room", and those which demonstrate the technical genius and wide range of O. Dec 10, Lisa Lawless rated it liked it.
Henry is well known as an author whose works are detail for its twist and plot. I found his works are simple yet meaningful and somehow funny; incredibly-exceptional experiences! Jun 13, Tushar rated it really liked it. Some of the stories are really really illuminating and intriguing. The stories kind of cast a spell that makes you think awhile after you've finished reading them.
You will either end up agreeing or disagreeing with the end but you will certainly spend sometime thinking. Pretty good collection of short stories with a witty ending to nearly every story, although a lot of them rely heavily on things chiefly associated with American history and culture, it can be a little hard to understand those parts for the unfamiliar reader.
Jul 14, Heramb rated it it was amazing. Aug 28, Snehangshu Barman rated it it was amazing. Henry is one of the all time great story tellers. Every story has something to offer. The twists at the end of the stories takes them to another level and keeps the reader longing for more.
Jan 17, Elena rated it really liked it. Jan 16, Terrafrank rated it it was amazing. One of my favorites is The Marionettes. Dec 04, Rio Johan rated it liked it. Oct 30, Wandahost rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books. Love it. There is always a lesson to be taken from all the stories.
I highly recommend. Very different and moving stories. Apr 03, Gokhan rated it really liked it. A delicious cocktail of short stories.