O. Henry: 101 Stories (Loa #345)
The ultimate O. Henry: an annotated edition of classic tales by America's master storyteller
O. Henry, born William Sidney Porter, is best known today for his short story "The Gift of the Magi." But that legacy doesn't begin to capture the genius and the extraordinary range of a gifted humorist who deserves to be ranked among the best in our literature, alongside Ring Lardner and James Thurber. As Carl Van Doren wrote in 1917, "no writer in the language seems clever immediately after one has been reading O. Henry."
Here are 101 of O. Henry's very best short stories--selected and expertly annotated by best-selling author Ben Yagoda--including not only such favorites as "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "The Last of the Troubadours" but also "The Caballero's Way," which created the character of The Cisco Kid, a murderous desperado in O. Henry's telling, and "The Cop and the Anthem." This volume represents stories from all of O. Henry's collections, including the Honduras stories, drawn from his experiences in Central America while on the run from an embezzlement indictment, as well as the most generous selection ever published of O. Henry's New York (which he called Baghdad-on-the-Subway) and Texas stories. Also gathered here are previously uncollected stories, and three published here for the first time.
O. Henry, the pen name of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), was a prolific American short story writer whose collections included
Cabbages and Kings,
The Four Million,
The Heart of the West.
Ben Yagoda, editor, is professor of journalism and English at the University of Delaware, and the author or editor of twelve books, most recently
The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song (2015). His work has been published in
The New Leader,
The New York Times,
Rolling Stone, among other publications.