O Henry short author study

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O Henry short author study

William Sydney Porter will be forever remembered in America’s literary past as the master of the short story. Under his pen name, O. Henry, he wrote over 600 short stories that have been published around the world. He is generally considered to be America’s most widely read author behind Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe. His gift for story telling and plot twists made him the beloved author most of the “common man” at the turn of the 20th Century. But, perhaps Porter’s most interesting story is the one he never fully told—his own.

Born in Greensboro, NC in 1862. Died of liver disease and is buried in Asheville, NC -1910

At age of 20 (1882) he moved to Texas, where he had various jobs. He moved there because he was sick with a persistant cough and the dry Texas air was supposed to be healthier than the humid North Carolina air.He married Athol Estes in 1887; they had a son, who died shortly after birth, and a daughter.His wife died from tuberculosis in 1897.

The name, O. Henry, is said to have come from the words "Ohio Penetentiary" where Porter did time for embezzlement from the bank where he worked. It was during this time that the author wrote stories about the shadier characters in society. Later, these stories would be turned into films and the "gangster film" was born. The characters in these O. Henry stories may represent people Porter met during his three years in prision.

Other famous short stories by O. Henry:The Gift of the MagiAfter Twenty YearsThe Ransom of Red ChiefThe Last of the Troubadours

Porter. Camp Smoke. Web. 2 Jan. 2011. <http://campsmoke.fmallen.com/?p=2138>.


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