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O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, who was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Porter was a licensed pharmacist and worked on a sheep ranch in Texas. He was a draftsman for the General Land Office and a teller for the First National Bank of Texas. He was convicted of embezzlement and eventually served five years in prison. While in prison, he began writing short stories under his pseudonym and eventually wrote over 300. As O. Henry, Porter is one of America's best known writers, and his stories, such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief", are still taught in schools. In 1918, the O. Henry Awards, an annual anthology of short stories, was established in his honor. Porter died on June 5, 1910. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Gift of the Magi
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The Gift of the Magi 1,688 copies, 35 reviews
The Complete Works of O. Henry 811 copies, 5 reviews
Selected Stories of O. Henry 766 copies, 5 reviews
Stories 437 copies, 3 reviews
41 Stories (Signet Classics) 410 copies, 5 reviews
100 Selected Stories 392 copies, 2 reviews
The Four Million 385 copies, 6 reviews
Tales of O. Henry 381 copies, 1 review
Heart of the West 340 copies, 5 reviews
Collected Stories of O. Henry 336 copies, 1 review
Cabbages and Kings 288 copies, 1 review
The Gift of the Magi 287 copies, 15 reviews
The Wild West 210 copies
The Gentle Grafter 156 copies, 1 review
Roads of destiny 146 copies, 3 reviews
Sixes and sevens 133 copies
The trimmed lamp 130 copies, 1 review
Options 123 copies, 1 review
Whirligigs 121 copies
101 Stories 108 copies, 2 reviews
Rolling Stones 108 copies
The Ransom of Red Chief 105 copies, 5 reviews
Holiday Classics by O. Henry 60 copies, 3 reviews
Best Loved Short Stories 57 copies, 2 reviews
The Last Leaf 52 copies, 1 review
Complete Works of O. Henry, The 27 copies, 2 reviews
Selected Works 21 copies
Historias de Nueva York 19 copies, 2 reviews
The Best of O. Henry 10 copies, 1 review
Postscripts 9 copies
Verhalen 7 copies
O. Henryana 5 copies, 1 review
O. HENRY a la Carte 4 copies, 1 review
Hikayeler 4 copies
The Best of O. Henry 4 copies, 1 review
rearts and hands 3 copies, 1 review
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Two Renegades 2 copies
Tobin's Palm 2 copies
The Dream 2 copies
YESIL KAPI 1 copy
Contos 1 copy
New Yrokers 1 copy, 1 review
Stories of O.Henry 1 copy, 1 review
[No title] 1 copy
Cuentos 1 copy
50 Great Short Stories (Contributor) 1,055 copies, 8 reviews
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (Contributor) 458 copies, 8 reviews
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (Contributor) 458 copies, 3 reviews
Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 430 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (Contributor) 412 copies, 6 reviews
Fifty Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 381 copies, 3 reviews
The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 323 copies, 1 review
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (Contributor) 298 copies, 4 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 267 copies
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 254 copies, 4 reviews
Extraordinary Tales (Contributor) 226 copies, 6 reviews
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (Contributor) 220 copies, 7 reviews
Christmas Stories 219 copies, 1 review
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (Contributor) 188 copies, 1 review
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Stories to Remember {complete} (Contributor) 164 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime (Contributor) 160 copies, 6 reviews
The Best Christmas Stories Ever (Apple Classics) (Contributor) 156 copies, 1 review
100 Crooked Little Crime Stories (Contributor) 149 copies, 2 reviews
Short Stories from the Strand (Contributor) 126 copies, 1 review
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (Contributor, some editions) 126 copies, 5 reviews
Stories to Remember, Volume I (Contributor) 120 copies, 3 reviews
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (Contributor) 117 copies
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Contributor) 108 copies, 3 reviews
Stories to Remember, Volume II (Contributor) 108 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Contributor) 94 copies, 3 reviews
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
American Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 80 copies
Murder for Christmas, Vol. 2 (Contributor) 78 copies
The Folio Book of Comic Short Stories (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
Selected Stories from the 19th Century (Contributor) 61 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Civil War Stories (Contributor) 59 copies
Great Ghost Stories (Contributor) 57 copies, 1 review
Desert Island Decameron (Contributor) 54 copies
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (Contributor) 53 copies, 4 reviews
Reading for Pleasure (Contributor) 46 copies
Modern Short Stories (Contributor) 45 copies, 1 review
Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 44 copies, 4 reviews
Great Tales of the American West (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
American Christmas Stories (Contributor) 38 copies
Pearl S. Buck's Book of Christmas (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (Contributor) 37 copies
New Orleans Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 36 copies, 3 reviews
Tales of Terror (Contributor) 33 copies, 1 review
Great Tales of the West (Contributor) 27 copies, 1 review
The Mystery Book (Contributor) 26 copies
Famous Stories of Code and Cipher (Contributor) 25 copies
101 Mystery Stories (Contributor) 25 copies
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Manhattan Mysteries (Contributor) 23 copies
Great Tales of Detection (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
Best Ghost Stories (Contributor, some editions) 20 copies
Racconti Gialli (Author) 18 copies
The Tenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (Contributor) 17 copies, 1 review
Short stories II (Literary Heritage) (Contributor) 16 copies
Horrors in hiding (Contributor) 16 copies
Tales of the Occult (Author, some editions) 16 copies
Specter! A Chrestomathy of Spookery (Contributor) 13 copies
American Poems 1779-1900 (Contributor) 11 copies
The Ghost's Companion (Puffin Books) (Contributor) 11 copies
Christmas Classics: Stories for the Whole Family (Contributor) 10 copies, 1 review
Classic Ghost Stories (Contributor) 9 copies, 1 review
A Little Night Reading (Author) 8 copies, 1 review
Famous Stories (Contributor) 8 copies
The Favourite Wonder Book (Contributor) 8 copies
Classic Ghost Stories (Contributor) 8 copies
The Black Cabinet (Contributor) 7 copies
Representative American Short Stories (Contributor) 5 copies, 1 review
Thirteen Short Stories (Contributor) 5 copies
The Anthology of Love and Romance (Contributor) 4 copies
Best crime stories. 4 (Contributor) 4 copies
Great Classic Mysteries II (Contributor) 4 copies, 1 review
The Bathroom Reader (Contributor) 3 copies
Famous Stories of Five Centuries (Contributor) 3 copies
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Best Legal Stories 2 (Contributor) 2 copies
Die schönsten Hunde-Geschichten (Contributor) 2 copies
The Last Leaf [1983 film] (Original book) 1 copy, 1 review
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An O. Henry Gift from Henry (Contributor) 1 copy
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