Sixes and Sevens

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Echo Library, Dec 1, 2006 - Fiction - 136 pages
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1911. William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was the most popular short story writer of his time. His stories typically revolved around two of his favorite themes, the situation of the impostor and fate as the one unavoidable reality of life. Another device he used was the surprise ending, usually coming about through coincidence. He was the founder of the humorous weekly The Rolling Stone. When the weekly failed, he joined the Houston Post as a reporter and columnist. He was convicted of embezzling money, although there's much debate over his actual guilt, and while in prison he started to write short stories. His first work, Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking appeared in McClure's Magazine. After emerging from prison Porter changed his name to O. Henry. He then moved to New York and wrote a story a week for the New York World, also publishing in other magazines. Sixes and Sevens is a collection of O. Henry's stories that appeared posthumously. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Review: Sixes and Sevens - The Complete Works of O. Henry - Vol. VII

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

O. Henry's brilliant, there's no getting around it. Witty in his storytelling, unprecedented in his prose. A few of the twists I saw coming, but others took me delightfully by surprise. And a man who ... Read full review

Review: Sixes and Sevens - The Complete Works of O. Henry - Vol. VII

User Review  - Dorer002 - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, but I sometimes find O. Henry a bit frustrating. I dislike the shaggy dog style he uses in many of his stories, like those about Shamrock Jolnes. On the other hand, many of his stories are clever and well paced. Also, I've always enjoyed the medium of short stories. Read full review

About the author (2006)

O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, who was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Porter was a licensed pharmacist and worked on a sheep ranch in Texas. He was a draftsman for the General Land Office and a teller for the First National Bank of Texas. He was convicted of embezzlement and eventually served five years in prison. While in prison, he began writing short stories under his pseudonym and eventually wrote over 300. As O. Henry, Porter is one of America's best known writers, and his stories, such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief", are still taught in schools. In 1918, the O. Henry Awards, an annual anthology of short stories, was established in his honor. Porter died on June 5, 1910.

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