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O. Henry

American short story writer

1862   -   1910

genre: short story
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
occupation: writer, journalist

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. Porter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He moved to Texas in 1882, where he met his wife, Athol Estes, with whom he had two children. In 1902, after the death of his wife, Porter moved to New York, where he soon remarried. It was while he was in New York that Porter's most intensive writing period occurred, with Porter writing 381 short stories. Porter's works include "The Gift of the Magi", "The Duplicity of Hargraves", and "The Ransom of Red Chief". His stories are known for their surprise endings and witty narration. Porter also wrote poetry and non-fiction. Porter's legacy includes the O. Henry Award, an annual prize awarded to outstanding short stories.
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Series

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Works

43

Roads We Take

short story

author: O. Henry

1910

The Gift of the Magi

short story by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

1906

Memoirs of a Yellow Dog

book by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

2012

The Ransom of Red Chief

short story by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

1910

Whirligigs

written work by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

1910

Cabbages and Kings

book by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

1904

A Retrieved Reformation

short story by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

Conscience in Art

short story by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

The Last Leaf

short story by O. Henry

author: O. Henry

1907

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