home‎ > ‎

O. Henry (pen name of William Sydney Porter)

  

O. Henry - William Sydney Porter (1862 – 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings.  Porter's most prolific writing period started in 1902, when he moved to New York City to be near his publishers. While there, he wrote 381 short stories. He wrote a story a week for over a year for the New York World Sunday Magazine. His wit, characterization, and plot twists were adored by his readers, but often panned by critics.  Cabbages and Kings was his first collection of stories, followed by The Four Million. The second collection opens with a reference to Ward McAllister's "assertion that there were only 'Four Hundred' people in New York City who were really worth noticing. But a wiser man has arisen—the census taker—and his larger estimate of human interest has been preferred in marking out the field of these little stories of the 'Four Million.'" 

1.  Cabbages and Kings - Welcome to Coralio, a pleasant South American coastal town. Heading for it is President Miraflores, who has abandoned his job but brought along an opera singer and a good chunk of his nation's treasury. A motley crew of expatriates and locals is waiting for him, and so is his strange fate....
1 - Fox in the Morning 
2 - The Lotus and the Bottle 
3 -Smith 
4 - Caught 
5 - Cupid's Exile Number Two 
6 - The Phonograph and the Graft 
7 - Money Maze 
8 - The Admiral 
9 - The Flag Paramount 
10 - The Shamrock and the Palm 
11 - The Remnants of the Code 
12 - Shoes 
13- Ships 
14 - Masters of Arts 
15 - Dicky 
16 - Rouge et Noir 
17 - Two Recalls 
18 -The Vitagraphoscope 

2.  The Four Million O Henry - The Four Million is the second book written by O. Henry while he served time for embezzlement in a penitentiary in Ohio. The book is a series of short stories which take place in New York City in the early years of the 20th century and are representative of the surprise endings that popularized O. Henry’s work. They also capture his use of coincidence or chance to create humor in the story. O Henry wrote about ordinary people in everyday circumstances. He is quoted as once saying, “There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands.”
01 - Tobin’s Palm 
02 - The Gift of the Magi 
03 - The Cosmopolite in a Cafe 
04 - Between Rounds 
05 - The Skylight Room 
06 - A Service of Love 
07 - The Coming-Out of Maggie 
08 - Man About Town  
09 - The Cop and The Anthem  
10 - An Adjustment of Nature 
11 - Memoirs of a Yellow Dog 
12 - The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoestein 
13 - Mammon and the Archer  
14 - Springtime a la Carte 
15 - The Green Door 
16 - From the Cabby’s Seat 
17 - An Unfinished Story 
18 - The Caliph, Cupid and Clock 
19 - Sister of the Golden Circle 
20 - The Romance of a Busy Broker 
21 - After 20 Years 
22 - Lost on Dress Parade 
23 - By Courier 
24 - The Furnished Room 
25 - The Brief Debut of Tildy 

3.  The Trimmed Lamp O Henry - The Trimmed Lamp follows The Four Million and provides another series of short stories that take place in New York City in the early years of the 20th century and are representative of the surprise endings that popularized O. Henry’s work. They also capture his use of coincidence or chance to create humor in the story. O Henry wrote about ordinary people in everyday circumstances. He is quoted as once saying, “There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands.” 
01 – The Trimmed Lamp 
02 – A Madison Square Arabian Night 
03 – The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball 
04 – The Pendulum 
05 – Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen 
06 – The Assessor of Success 
07 – The Buyer from Cactus City 
08 – The Badge of Policeman O’Roon 
09 – Brickdust Row 
10 – The Making of a New Yorker 
11 – Vanity and Some Sables 
12 – The Social Triangle 
13 – The Purple Dress 
14 – The Foreign Policy of Company 99 
15 – The Lost Blend 
16 – A Harlem Tragedy 
17 – The Guilty Party — An East Side Tragedy 
18 – According to Their Lights 
19 – A Midsummer Knight’s Dream 
20 – The Last Leaf 
21 – The Count and the Wedding Guest 
22 – The County of Elusion 
23 – The Ferry of Unfulfilment 
24 – The Tale of a Tainted Tenner 
25 – Elsie in New York 

4.  Waifs and Strays - O Henry - These 12 O. Henry stories all deal with waifs and strays in one way or another; people who have somehow become adrift in the current of life. Will they find their way on their own or be helped by kind hearted folk or perhaps, stay a waif and stray, somehow outside the normal life of society? All naturally have the wonderful O. Henry beautiful way with words and people. So if you are in the mood to enjoy some sensuous sounds and convoluted flowing phrases unique to William Sydney Porter, give these a listen. And of course the endings cannot ever be predicted. Ever!
01 - The Red Roses of Tonia 
02 - Round the Circle 
03 - The Rubber Plant's Story
04 - Out of Nazareth 
05 Confessions of a Humorist 
06 - The Sparrows in Madison Square 
07 - Hearts and Hands 
08 - The Cactus 
09 - The Detective Detector 
10 - The Dog and the Playlet 
11 - A Little Talk About Mobs 
12 - The Snow Man 

5.  Five Beloved Stories O Henry - O. Henry wrote over 600 short stories. Naturally I have my personal top 20 stories that just seem to stand out because of their form, writing style and ability to convey real personalities in a very few words. From these 20 I've chosen five that seem outstanding examples of the short story art form. Stories like The Gift of the Magi; The Cop and the Anthem; Man about Town; A Cosmopolite in a Cafe and Mammon and the Archer. So this is a collection of just five O.Henry stories that many people, including me, have loved and remembered over the years. And this time, thanks to LibriVox, I have the enormous pleasure of not just reading them to myself, but also the joy of reading them aloud! What fun, eh?
1 - The Gifts of the Magi 
2 - A Cosmopolite in A Cafe 
3 - The Cop and the Anthem 
4 - Man About Town 
5 - Mammon and the Archer 

6.  Cabellero's Way (Cisco Kid) by O. Henry - As a child, on radio and later television I knew the Cisco Kid as "O. Henry's famous Robin Hood of the old west." The character only appears in one story and this is it. He is more infamous than famous. Whether he is intended to be Hispanic or not is never spelled out.

7.  The Ransom of Red Chief by O.Henry - This was one of the O.Henry stories in the 1952 film "O.Henry's Full House". It is about a pair of crooks trying to raise a grubstake for a big swindle. They kidnap the son of a rich man in a rural Alabama town and it proves to be their downfall. In the film version Sam was played by Fred Allen and Bill by Oscar Levant.

8.  The Gentle Grafter - If Jefferson "Parleyvoo" Pickens had appeared in print just a few years later, he might have been the "Gentle Grifter" instead of the "Gentle Grafter", the name O. Henry picked for him. His situation as an ethical graft artist gives Jeff an extra impediment in pursuing his craft, but he never wanted it to be too easy. The result is fourteen delightful tales for us and a number of new partners for him. With those partners (he always has at least one) he works his way through a number of confidence games. Some they win, some they lose, some go into extra innings. They seem never to end just the way you figure they will. In the end he conquers almost all, except for the English language, which often seems to defeat him.

01 The Octopus Marooned 

02 Jeff Peters as Personal Magnet 

03 Modern Rural Sports 

04 The Chair of Philanthromathematics 

05 The Hand that Riles the World 

06 The Exact Science of Matrimony 

07 A Midsummer Masquerade 

08 Shearinbg the Wolf 

09 Innocents of Broadway 

10 Conscience in Art 

11 The man Higher Up 

12 A Tempered Wind 

13 Hostages to Momus 

14 The Ethics of Pig 

9.  While the Auto Waits by O. Henry (18th  story in Short Story # 55)

10.  Heart of the West - A collection of 19 Western short stories by the legendary O. Henry.
01 - HEARTS AND CROSSES         11 - THE CABALLERO'S WAY [Cisco Kid]
02 - THE RANSOM OF MACK          12 - THE SPHINX APPLE 
03 - TELEMACHUS, FRIEND           13 - THE MISSING CHORD 
04 - THE HANDBOOK OF HYMEN   14 - A CALL LOAN 
05 - THE PIMIENTA PANCAKES      15 - THE PRINCESS AND THE PUMA 
06 - SEATS OF THE HAUGHTY       16 - THE INDIAN SUMMER OF DRY VALLEY JOHNSON 
07 - HYGEIA AT THE SOLITO          17 - CHRISTMAS BY INJUNCTION 
08 - AN AFTERNOON MIRACLE      18 - A CHAPARRAL PRINCE 
09 - THE HIGHER ABDICATION       19 - THE REFORMATION OF CALLIOPE 

11.  A Ramble in Aphasia (7th story in Short Story Vol 57)

12.  Cabbages and Kings (2nd Version) - This work is O. Henry's first published volume and is considered to be his only novel. The plot is composed of 18 short stories, which were inspired by the author's six-month stay in Honduras in the late 1890s

13. The Count and The Wedding Guest by O. Henry (12th story in International Short Stories # 1)

14.  Whirligigs - 24 Short Stories:

01 - The World and the Door

02 - The Theory and the Hound

03 - The Hypotheses of Failure

04 - Calloway's Code

05 - A Matter of Mean Elevation

06 - Girl

07 - Sociology in Serge and Straw

08 - The Ransom of Red Chief

09 - The Marry Month of May

10 - A Technical Error

11 - Suite Homes and their Romance

12 - The Whirligig of Life

13 - A Sacrifice Hit

14 - The Roads We Take

15 - A Blackjack Bargainer

16 - The Song and the Sergeant

17 - One Dollar's Worth

18 - A Newspaper Story

19 - Tommy's Burglar

20 - A Chaparral Christmas

21 - A Little Local Colour

22 - Georgia's Ruling

23 - Blind Man's Holiday - Part 1

24 - Blind Man's Holiday - Part 2

25 - Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches - Part 1

26 - Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches - Part 2


15.  Options - These 16 stories are all wonderful examples of his word sculpting art. They include: "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 

16.  Roads of Destiny22 More Short Stories by O’Henry

Comments