By O. Henry
O. Henry mastered the artwork of the funny, lively story that ends with a surprising, ironic twist. In After Twenty Years, for instance, boys comply with meet at a selected spot precisely two decades later. either are devoted, yet within the intervening years one boy has became a legal, the opposite right into a policeman. in the back of the rendezvous lurks a robust dramatic state of affairs with a desirable ethical dilemmaall handled in a number of short pages.
This is only one of the various literary gem stones in Selected tales of O. Henry, a suite of forty five of O. Henry’s most famed and enjoyable brief tales. every one deals insights into human nature and the methods it truly is plagued by love, hate, wealth, poverty, gentility, cover, and crimethemes that ran during the author’s personal lifestyles.
Born William Sidney Porter, O. Henry begun writing whereas in felony for embezzlement. Later he moved to long island, and his stories romanticizing the common, really the lifetime of traditional New Yorkers, turned hugely well known. the main commonly learn writer of his time, O. Henry died penniless yet left at the back of a wealth of brief tales that undergo as classics of the style.
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