Selected Stories

Selected Stories

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  • ISBN 9780140186888
  • 544 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Eighty short stories by a master of the genre

O. Henry’s comic eye and unique, ironic approach to life’s realities are unmatched. These stories—about con men and tricksters and “innocent” deceivers, about fate, luck, and coincidence—have delighted generations of readers. Set in New York and the West, in Central America and the South, they demonstrate O. Henry’s mastery of speech and place, and highlight his appreciation of life’s quirks.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Table of Contents

Selected StoriesIntroduction
Suggestions for Further Reading

From The Four Million (1906)
The Coming-Out of Maggie
A Service of Love
Between Rounds
An Unfinished Story
After Twenty Years
By Courier

From The Trimmed Lamp (1907)
The Pendulum
The Buyer from Cactus City
Brickdust Row
The Foreign Policy of Company 99
The Count and the Wedding Guest
The Country of Elusion

From Heart of the West (1907)
The Ransom of Mack
The Higher Abdication
A Call Loan
The Princess and the Puma
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson
The Reformation of Calliope

From The Voice of the City (1908)
The Complete Life of Johns Hopkins
Doughtery’s Eye-Opener
While the Auto Waits
The Defeat of the City
The Plutonian Fire
Squaring the Circle
The Fool-Killer
Transients in Arcadia
Extradited from Bohemia
From Each According to His Ability
The Memento

From The Gentle Grafter (1908)
Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet
Modern Rural Sports
The Man Higher Up
Hostages to Momus

From Roads of Destiny (1909)
The Guardian of the Accolade
A Double-Dyed Deceiver
A Retrieved Reformation
Friends in San Rosario
The Emancipation of Billy
A Departmental Case
The Renaissance at Charleroi
Two Renegades

From Options (1909)
“The Rose of Dixie”
Schools and Schools
Thimble, Thimble
The Moment of Victory
No Story

From Strictly Business (1910)
The Gold That Glittered
The Day Resurgent
The Thing’s the Play
A Municipal Report
Proof of the Pudding
The Venturers

From Whirligigs (1910)
The Theory and the Hound
The Ransom of Red Chief
The Whirligig of Life
The Roads We Take
A Blackjack Bargainer
One Dollar’s Worth
Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches

From Sixes and Sevens (1911)
Witches’ Loaves
The Duplicity of Hargraves
October and June
The Church with an Overshot-Wheel

From Rolling Stones (1912)
The Atavism of John Tom Little Bear
The Marquis and Miss Sally

From Waifs and Strays (1917)
Out of Nazareth
Hearts and Hands

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