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O. Henry - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about O. Henry

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of O. Henry, short-story writer; twentieth century American Literature
O. Henry   (1862 - 1910)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  September 11, 1862
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
 
Died:  June 5, 1910
New York City, New York, United States
 
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Billy the Kid, The Saturday Evening Post
 
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O. Henry - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/25/1898     The Birth of O. Henry
On this day in 1898 William S. Porter -- the drug store clerk, cowboy, fugitive, bank teller, cartoonist and future "O. Henry" -- began a five-year prison sentence for embezzlement. Porter had published several stories prior to his prison term, but the fourteen written behind bars represented a new style and quality, and began his rise to fame.
6/5/1910     An O. Henry Ending
On this day in 1910, O. Henry died in New York City at the age of forty-seven. His death from alcoholism-related illnesses was the farthest thing from a surprise ending, but his last months and hours were in other ways characteristic of the fiction: the down-on-his-luck hero, the small-detail-revealing-all style, the polished-perfect irony.
7/14/1881     Billy the Kid, by Ondaatje, O. Henry...
On this day in 1881 Billy the Kid was killed by his nemesis, Pat Garrett, at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Near midnight, the Kid returned from an errand of love or hunger to find someone in his hideout; to his hushed "Quien es? Quien es?," Billy received a fatal shot above the heart. This was also the starting pistol for a fiction marathon which shows no signs of being over. . . .
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
by O. Henry, Cerf. Bennett A., Van H. Cartmell
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
John Masefield
by Muriel Spark
biography
 
O. Henry
by Harold Bloom (Editor)
biography, anthology
 
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An Exile in Paradise
An informal account of the writer's time in Honduras while on the run from the American authorities for the embezzlement of $5,000 the author had diverted to support his failed publication, The Rolling Stone.

"William Sydney Porter arrived in Honduras aboard a dilapidated freighter. He spent about a year in Honduras, dividing his time between Trujillo and Roatan. It was the time of the great "banana boom," and like so many other gringos who found themselves in Central America during that era, Porter had a shady past."
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