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Selected Stories of O. Henry (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (original 2003; edition 2003)

by O. Henry (Author), Victoria Blake (Introduction), Victoria Blake (Introduction)

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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RSelected Stories of O. Henry&&L/I&&R, by&&LSTRONG&&R O. Henry&&L/B&&R, is part of the&&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R New introductions commissioned from today''s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader''s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&R&&L/B&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&RO. Henry&&L/B&&R mastered the art of the humorous, energetic tale that ends with a sudden, ironic twist. In "After Twenty Years," for example, two boys agree to meet at a particular spot exactly twenty years later. Both are faithful, but in the intervening years one boy has turned into a criminal, the other into a policeman. Behind the rendezvous lurks a powerful dramatic situation with a fascinating moral dilemma--all dealt with in a few brief pages. &&L/DIV&&R&&LP&&RThis is just one of the many literary gems in &&LI&&RSelected Stories of O. Henry&&L/I&&R, a collection of 45 of O. Henry''s most renowned and entertaining short stories. Each one offers insights into human nature and the ways it is affected by love, hate, wealth, poverty, gentility, disguise, and crime--themes that ran through the author''s own life. Born William Sidney Porter, O. Henry started writing while in prison for embezzlement. Later he moved to New York, and his tales romanticizing the commonplace, particularly the life of ordinary New Yorkers, became highly popular. The most widely read author of his time, O. Henry died penniless but left behind a wealth of short stories that endure as classics of the genre. &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RVictoria Blake&&L/B&&R &&L/B&&Ris a freelance writer. She has worked at &&LI&&RThe Paris Review&&L/I&&R and contributed to the &&LI&&RBoulder Daily Camera&&L/I&&R, small literary presses in the United States, and English-language publications in Bangkok, Thailand. She currently lives and works in San Diego, California.&&L/P&&R… (more)
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Title:Selected Stories of O. Henry (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
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Charming. Master of the twist ending. I liked his shorter (1 1/2- 2 pages) stories the best. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book was on the shelf, and I hadn't read it - I somehow thought I already had. Well, I was familiar with a few of stories: The Last Leaf, The Gift of the Magi, The Man Higher Up, and The Ransom of Red Chief. This last one, for some reason, is not included in this anthology.

As others have noted, O. Henry (William Sidney Porter) is a fine author. Those are stories that can be enjoyed even when they've been read before and you know the ending twist. His descriptive powers are amazing and I really enjoy his wordplay - a combination of puns and the conversation of certain characters who somehow manage to use the wrong word on a regular basis.

I was not so fond of the notes. I generally read all the notes, unless I discover in a scholarly work that the notes are merely references to sources of factual data. This book provided a double helping of notes: end notes that give background explanations and foot notes that explain certain words or phrases. The end notes were interesting, although some of them were things I already knew. But the footnotes were always things I already knew - but for some reason I kept checking them anyway. Until I got to a footnote about "coffin nails," which was wildly wrong. I thought everyone knew that this colloquial phrase meant a cigarette, but apparently I was wrong.

It will probably be quite a while before I read this one again, but it stays in my bookcase until then.



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  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!! These stories are so timeless. I didn't really get into the Cabbages and Kings arc, but there wasn't one single story of the rest that didn't awe me with genius. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
Book Description: Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1978. 24x15cms. Limited edition (The Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers) hc navy-blue leather with beautiful gilt-blocked ornamentation on spine and boards. raised bands & all edges gilt, complete with beige moire silk endpapers & matching ribbon marker. 467pp
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RSelected Stories of O. Henry&&L/I&&R, by&&LSTRONG&&R O. Henry&&L/B&&R, is part of the&&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R New introductions commissioned from today''s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader''s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&R&&L/B&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&RO. Henry&&L/B&&R mastered the art of the humorous, energetic tale that ends with a sudden, ironic twist. In "After Twenty Years," for example, two boys agree to meet at a particular spot exactly twenty years later. Both are faithful, but in the intervening years one boy has turned into a criminal, the other into a policeman. Behind the rendezvous lurks a powerful dramatic situation with a fascinating moral dilemma--all dealt with in a few brief pages. &&L/DIV&&R&&LP&&RThis is just one of the many literary gems in &&LI&&RSelected Stories of O. Henry&&L/I&&R, a collection of 45 of O. Henry''s most renowned and entertaining short stories. Each one offers insights into human nature and the ways it is affected by love, hate, wealth, poverty, gentility, disguise, and crime--themes that ran through the author''s own life. Born William Sidney Porter, O. Henry started writing while in prison for embezzlement. Later he moved to New York, and his tales romanticizing the commonplace, particularly the life of ordinary New Yorkers, became highly popular. The most widely read author of his time, O. Henry died penniless but left behind a wealth of short stories that endure as classics of the genre. &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RVictoria Blake&&L/B&&R &&L/B&&Ris a freelance writer. She has worked at &&LI&&RThe Paris Review&&L/I&&R and contributed to the &&LI&&RBoulder Daily Camera&&L/I&&R, small literary presses in the United States, and English-language publications in Bangkok, Thailand. She currently lives and works in San Diego, California.&&L/P&&R

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