Waifs and Strays

Front Cover
Echo Library, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 88 pages
0 Reviews
1919. Together with a representative selection of critical and biographical comment. 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. Contents: Part One, Twelve Stories: The Red Roses of Tonia; Round the Circle; The Rubber Plant's Story; Out of Nazareth; Confessions of a Humorist; The Sparrows in Madison Square; Hearts and Hands; The Cactus; The Detective Detector; The Dog and the Playlet; A Little Talk about Mobs; and The Snow Man. Part Two, Critical and Biographical Comment includes writings about O. Henry by Arthur W. Page, Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, Stephen Leacock, A. St. John Adcock, George Jean Nathan, Christopher Morley, William Lyon Phelps, Arthur B. Maurice, Caroline Francis Richardson, and Henry James Forman. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

About the author (2007)

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.

Bibliographic information