September 11: O. Henry

On this date in 1862, American short story writer William Sydney Porter was born. Better knows as O. Henry, Porter’s stories often have surprise endings.

September 11: O. Henry

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Portrait of William Porter

Portrait of William Sydney Porter by FCIT based on an historic photograph of the writer.

25 O. Henry Short Stories

 

“Tobin’s Palm”
A palmist’s predictions come true.
“The Gift of The Magi”
A couple makes personal sacrifices to give each other gifts for Christmas.
“A Cosmopolite in a Café”
A tale about world travel.
“Between Rounds”
An act of kindness interrupts a couple’s violent pastime.
“The Skylight Room”
The tale of young woman stricken by poverty and societies shortcomings.
“A Service of Love”
A couple unknowingly makes sacrifices for one another.
“The Coming-Out of Maggie”
For a young woman, sudden popularity follows an invite to a dance.
“Man About Town”
The author’s search for a “man about town” yields surprising results.
“The Cop and the Anthem”
A vagrant attempts in vain to be arrested.
“An Adjustment of Nature”
A young man deceives a rich fellow in order to prevent him from marrying a waitress.
“Memoirs of a Yellow Dog” The Four Million
A dog despises the masters coddling treatment.
“The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein”
A pharmacist conspires to diminish the capacity of a rival suitor.
“Mammon and the Archer”
An idealist believes money cannot help him acquire the things he truly desires.
“Springtime Á La Carte”
A woman fears she has been forgotten.
“The Green Door”
A man’s sense of adventure helps a girl in need.
“From the Cabby’s Seat”
A cab driver’s apathy affects every aspect of his life.
“An Unfinished Story”
A poor working girl’s tale.
“The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock”
A Prince in disguise provides assistance to a stranger.
“Sisters of the Golden Circle”
One bride helps another.
“The Romance of a Busy Broker”
A broker makes a request of his stenographer, having forgot his previous request.
“After Twenty Years”
A long planned meeting between old friends has unexpected consequences.
“Lost on Dress Parade”
An architect intends to deceive a young woman, unaware of her own deception.
“By Courier”
A couple employs the services of a unreliable messenger.
“The Furnished Room”
A man rents a room, unaware of the identity of the previous tenant.
“The Brief Début of Tildy”
Tildy finally receives the attention she has long desired.