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41 Stories by O. Henry (Signet Classics (Paperback)) (edition 1991)

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Title:41 Stories by O. Henry (Signet Classics (Paperback))
Authors:O. Henry
Info:Signet Classics (1991), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback
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41 Stories (Signet Classics) by O. Henry



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There were parts of this reading experience I enjoyed, but 15 Stories by O.Henry would perhaps have been a better book. Some of the stories are overly sentimental (and even sappy). After briefly viewing William Sydney Porter's history the more positive aspects of sentimentality are consistent with at least one aspect of his general life experience- he did come back to the US and face charges so that he could be with his wife when she died, and that appears from my brief view to be a sentimental decision that was not unlike what his characters would have done. O.Henry stories have some sort of surprise- which can become repetitive by the time one reaches story 41- but this was a format that generally worked. The prejudices of this time and place are present, including using "White" as a description of positive behavior, and this is certainly unpleasant. Despite this lack of understanding of racism, he does demonstrate an awareness of other social issues (such as poverty and serious illness) and treats characters in these situations with compassion. Characters were somewhat nuanced, with shades of moral gray. The malapropisms were amusing for awhile as well. Overall, this book makes two points: first, that appearances are often deceiving, and second, that there are opportunities for heroic actions in day-to-day life. I wanted to like it more than I did. ( )
  karmiel | Jul 24, 2015 |
Silly, but I when I think of this book, I can't help but be reminded of Steve Martin's sendup from Cruel Shoes about shinbone polish and cuticle frames. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 2, 2012 |
I like O. Henry. And these short stories are why. ( )
  charlie68 | Jun 4, 2009 |
I loved this book as a preteen, and delighted in the surprise endings that bore English teachers today. Because Porter didn't write for children, the vocabulary and settings are prohibitive for all but a very good young reader. To an adult, the stories start to sound alike, but to a child, they can be delightful.
1 vote mebrock | Dec 25, 2007 |
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Collects these stories:
"The Social Triangle"
"Tobin's Palm"
"The Last Leaf"
"Schools and Schools"
"Springtime á la Carte"
"The Gift of the Magi"
"The Green Door"
"Transients in Arcadia"
"Brickdust Row"
"The Enchanted Profile"
"The Furnished Room"
"Shearing the Wolf"
"Hostages to Momus"
"A Retrieved Reformation"
"The Higher Pragmatism"
"Conscience in Art"
"The Ethics of Pig"
"Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet"
"A Tempered Wind"
"Telemachus, Friend"
"The Caballaro's Way"
"Friends in San Rosario"
"The Sphinx Apple"
"The Princess and the Puma"
"A Chaparral Prince"
"The Enchanted Kiss"
"The Lonesome Road"
"The Hiding of Black Hill"
"Hygeia at the Solito"
"'The Rose of Dixie'"
"Cherchez la Femme"
"The Fool-Killer"
"The Moment of Victory"
"Two Renegades"
"He Also Serves"
"The Lotus and the Bottle"
"The Shamrock and the Palm"
"A Double-Dyed Deceiver"
"The Fourth in Salvador"
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451522540, Mass Market Paperback)

One of the most famous pseudonym's in history, the name O. Henry evokes wordplay that is dazzling, inventive, wry, and humorous. This anthology includes forty-one stories that continue to captivate generation after generation of readers, including "The Gift of the Magi," "The Furnished Room," and those which demonstrate the technical genius and wide range of O. Henry's world.

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A collection of stories about the big city, con men and hoboes, the Wild West and the tame West, and our neighbors to the south--domestic and foreign.

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