The Four Million Summary
O Henry was not just the poet of the poor. The twenty-five stories in this collection depict every stratum of society. "The Skylight Room" is about a poor working girl, but "Mammon and the Archer" is a story of self-made wealth. There are stories about the young and the old, the upper class and the lower, the bohemian artist, the young working man, the down-and-out bum and, of course, O. Henry's favorite character type, the shop girl.
There is an inherent nobility in an O. Henry character, whatever his or her social status. The couples of any of the various love stories will do for examples. Even Soapy, in "The Cop and the Anthem," a bum who "viewed with swift horror the pit into which he had tumbled, the degraded days, unworthy desires, dead hopes, wrecked faculties and base motives that made up his existence," attempts to regain his...
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46,060 words, approx. 154 pages
Tobin and me, the two of us, went down to Coney one
day, for there was four dollars between us, and Tobin
had need of distractions. For there was Katie
Mahorner, his sweethear...
O. Henry Biographies (6)
5,945 words, approx. 20 pages
Biography EssayWhen William Sydney Porter had his first book, Cabbages and Kings (1904), published he had only six more years to live. But, with his identity hidden beneath the legendary pen name O. ...
443 words, approx. 2 pages
The American short-story writer William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), who wrote under the pseudonym O. Henry, pioneered in picturing the lives of lower-class and middle-class New Yorkers.William Sydney P...
5,024 words, approx. 17 pages
O. Henry was the pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, an early-twentieth-century author known for creating short, often humorous stories with ironic twists or surprise endings, a type still referred to...
4,153 words, approx. 14 pages
When William Sydney Porter had his first book, Cabbages and Kings (1904), published he had only six more years to live. But, with his identity hidden beneath the legendary pen name O. Henry, the fame ...
11,835 words, approx. 40 pages
Perhaps the reputation of no other American writer has undergone a more rapid and drastic reversal than that of William Sydney Porter. Writing under the pseudonym O. Henry during the first decade of t...
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William Sydney Porter is best remembered as the prolific writer O. Henry, whose books and short stories earned him worldwide popularity. The self-styled "Caliph of Bagdad-on-the-Subway," the man beset...