- Series: Modern Library
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Modern Library (March 22, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679601228
- ISBN-13: 978-0679601227
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume. The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the best work of America's favorite storyteller. They are tales in his most mellow, humorous, and ironic moods. They give the full range and flavor of the man born William Sydney Porter but known throughout the world as O. Henry, one of the great masters of the short story.
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"Such tales as 'A Municipal Report,' 'An Unfinished Story,' 'A Blackjack Bargainer,' 'A Lickpenny Lover,' 'The Gift of the Magi,' 'Mammon and the Archer,' and 'Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen' (by actual count the O. Henry stories most often reprinted in anthologies) are gems of their kind; mellow, humorous, ironic, ingenious and shot through with that eminently salable quality known as 'human interest.'" --Bennet Cerf and Van Cartmell
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I love O. Henry and since childhood read these charming stories in Russian translation many times .It's strange that O. Henry was so popular in Russia and practically unknown in his native country.I bought the book for my son-in-law.
He clearly understands the nuances of the times about which he writes. He has an amazing gift for capturing the personalities of people from many, many stations in Life. He is an incredibly superb story-crafter. His skill at introducing and managing Humor is among the very best in the entire histroy of American Literature.
One can always debate the story selections in any "Best of..." book but this one is a delight.