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Thirty by O. Henry (eBook)

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O Henry, William Nadel
118,200 words
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(Available in print edition)

America’s premiere short story author

William Nadel — editor and great, great, great nephew of the author — writes in this new collection:

"Why O Henry? Why now? The answer came in a local bookstore from a young science fiction writer. 'O Henry inspired me to become a writer!' she proclaimed. 'He knew how to tell a story and he knew how to create memorable characters!'

"Bold Venture Press has given me the chance to select what I feel are thirty of my great Uncle’s most interesting stories, including a 31st story — his only collaboration with another author, his 'pard' Al Jennings. Each story is prefaced with notes regarding the origins of stories, how they represent a simpler time in New York City and elsewhere, and how they remain relevant  more than 100 years later. O Henry captured the essence of human want and desire like no other author before or since."

In addition to a comprehensive bibliography of O Henry's works, this volume features thirty-one stories:

  • The Caballero’s Way (first appearance of The Cisco Kid)
  • The Skylight Room
  • Hearts and Hands
  • A Retrieved Reformation
  • The Marionettes
  • While the Auto Waits
  • Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches
  • The Cactus
  • Nemesis and the Candy Man
  • After Twenty Years
  • The Trimmed Lamp
  • The Count and the Wedding Guest
  • The (original) Money Maze
  • Smith
  • The (New) Money Maze
  • The Last Leaf
  • Mammon and the Archer
  • The Cop and the Anthem
  • The Memento
  • The Fifth Wheel
  • The Unknown Quantity
  • The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock
  • The Purple Dress
  • The Discounters of Money
  • The Furnished Room
  • By Courier
  • The Romance of a Busy Broker
  • The Marry Month of May
  • Let Me Feel Your Pulse
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • Holding Up a Train