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The definitive short story writer!
on June 19, 2015
O. Henry's writing will expand your vocabulary. You may lose track of the plots as you thumb through your dictionary. The classic style always has a twist at the end which is often humorous and/or ironic. The insertion of dialects, contemporary slang and other idioms take the reader back in time and perhaps to circumstances and locations never seen by the reader, making it a travelogue as well as a mystery or comic romp.
You may find it hilarious in spots, bizarre in spots, all of which the author obviously planned. If you only have time for short stories, this book will fill those odd moments. Personally, I look longer plots and more character development.