COLLECTED STORIES OF O HENRY
Known for their wit, compassion, richness of characterization and wholly unexpected endings, O. Henry's stories have been entertaining us for decades. A champion of the downtrodden, he delineated the darker realities of life with a fine sprinkling of laughter, and precisely captured the various themes and moments of his times. Collected Stories of O. Henry is an assortment of some of his best works, such as 'Gifts of the Magi', in which a young married couple with little means strives to buy Christmas gifts for each other; 'The Cop and the Anthem' where homeless Soapy, with no means of shelter from the winter, develops a series of tactics to land himself in the city jail; and 'The Last Leaf' wherein Johnsy, an ailing artist, comes to believe that the fall of the last leaf from the vine outside her window would result in her death. A pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, O. Henry derived his pen name from his frequent callings of 'Oh, Henry', the family cat. After serving five years in Ohio prison, Porter began a remarkable comeback, publishing over three hundred stories in ten years to gain worldwide fame.
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