O. Henry


Born
in Greensboro, North Carolina, The United States
September 11, 1862

Died
June 05, 1910

Genre


William Sydney Porter lends the pen name "O. Henry" to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter. His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. Their voices and his language were products of his era.

He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen, worked five years in his uncle's drugstore, then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch.

In 1884 he went to Austin where he worked in a real estate office, a church choir, and spent four years as a draftsman in the General Land Office. His wife and firstborn died, but daughter Margaret survived him.

After he failed to establish a small humorous weekly, he worked in poorly-run bank. W
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Polls

December 2017 Short Story Poll

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, 32 pages or less, 1905
 
  59 votes, 17.2%

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, 112 pages, 1929
 
  57 votes, 16.6%

 
  38 votes, 11.0%

A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor, 24 pages or less, 1955
 
  34 votes, 9.9%

 
  34 votes, 9.9%

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, 48 pages or less, 1956
 
  29 votes, 8.4%

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, 120 pages, 1815
 
  26 votes, 7.6%

The Eyes by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1910
 
  17 votes, 4.9%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages or less, 1903
 
  12 votes, 3.5%

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, 60 pages, 1966
 
  11 votes, 3.2%

 
  11 votes, 3.2%

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages,1936
 
  8 votes, 2.3%

R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, 84 pages, 1920
 
  8 votes, 2.3%

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