By O. Henry
O. Henry mastered the artwork of the funny, vigorous story that ends with a surprising, ironic twist. In After Twenty Years, for instance, boys comply with meet at a selected spot precisely 20 years later. either are devoted, yet within the intervening years one boy has became a legal, the opposite right into a policeman. at the back of the rendezvous lurks a strong dramatic state of affairs with a desirable ethical dilemmaall handled in a couple of short pages.
This is only one of the numerous literary gem stones in Selected tales of O. Henry, a set of forty five of O. Henry’s most famous and unique brief tales. each bargains insights into human nature and the methods it truly is tormented by love, hate, wealth, poverty, gentility, cover, and crimethemes that ran throughout the author’s personal lifestyles.
Born William Sidney Porter, O. Henry began writing whereas in legal for embezzlement. Later he moved to long island, and his stories romanticizing the common, fairly the lifetime of traditional New Yorkers, turned hugely well known. the main commonly learn writer of his time, O. Henry died penniless yet left in the back of a wealth of brief tales that suffer as classics of the style.