O. Henry Biography

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Doubleday, Page, 1916 - 258 pagine
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Pagina 196 - The time has come,' the Walrus said, ' To talk of many things: Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax Of cabbages - and kings And why the sea is boiling hot And whether pigs have wings.
Pagina 143 - Which of us here has not observed this, or maybe experienced something of that feeling in his own person — this extreme weariness of emotions, the vanity of effort, the yearning for rest ? Those striving with unreasonable forces know it well — the shipwrecked castaways in boats, wanderers lost in a desert, men battling against the unthinking might of nature, or the stupid brutality of crowds.
Pagina 247 - There was a little dog and his name was Rover, and when he died, he died all over — and — when — he — died — he — died — all — over.
Pagina 205 - Laugh through my pane, then; solicit the bee; Gibe him, be sure ; and, in midst of thy glee, Love thy queen, worship me! — Worship whom else? For am I not, this day, Whate'er I please? What shall I please to-day? My morning, noon, eve, night — how spend my day ? To-morrow I must be Pippa who winds silk, The whole year round, to earn just bread and milk...
Pagina 228 - Fancy a novel about Chicago or Buffalo, let us say, or Nashville, Tennessee! There are just three big cities in the United States that are "story cities" — New York, of course, New Orleans, and, best of the lot, San Francisco.
Pagina 73 - She had been educated at home, and her knowledge of the world was derived from inference and by inspiration. Of such is the precious, small group of essayists made. While she talked to me I kept brushing my fingers, trying, unconsciously, to rid them guiltily of the absent dust from the half-calf backs of Lamb, Chaucer, Hazlitt, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne, and Hood. She was exquisite, she was a valuable discovery. Nearly everybody nowadays knows too much — oh, so much too much — of real life.
Pagina 9 - I'm afraid to go home in the dark." That was in the summer of 1910. Since his death, his fame in America has grown greater and greater with every year. The laurel wreath that should have crowned his brow is exchanged for the garland laid upon his grave. And the time is coming, let us hope, when the whole English-speaking world will recognize in O. Henry one of the great masters of modern literature.
Pagina 228 - ... thinking of your coal bills and heavy underwear. But as soon as they come to mistake your silence for conviction, madness comes upon them, and they picture the city of the Golden Gate as the Bagdad of the New World. So far, as a matter of opinion, no refutation is necessary. But, dear cousins all (from Adam and , Eve descended), it is a rash one who will lay his finger on the — "" '< , . / map and say: "In this town there can be no romance — what could happen here?
Pagina 151 - He seemed oblivious to the world of sleeping convicts about him, hearing not even the occasional sigh or groan from the beds which were stretched before him in the hospital ward or the tramp of the passing guards. After he had written for perhaps two hours he would rise, make a round of the hospital, and then come back to his work again. He got checks at different times and once told me that he had had only two stories rejected while he was in prison.
Pagina 61 - Yet it was a magnificent sentiment that underlay it all, — an, unfaltering determination, an invincible defiance to all that had the seeming of compulsion or tyranny. One can not but regard with pride and sympathy the indomitable men, who, being conquered in war, yet resisted every effort of the conqueror to change their laws, their customs, or even the personnel of their ruling class; and this, too, not only with unyielding stubbornness, but with success. One can not...

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