An iconic author at his height in the early 20th century, O. Henry was industrious and prolific, turning out short stories at astonishing speed. This anthology contains 24 of his finest tales, with highlights being a parody of Sherlock Holmes named ?Shamrock Jolnes?, and send-ups of certain frivolous yet monied city dwellers. The breezy dialogue and descriptive prose tend to be witty and playful, with the author occasionally venturing to the satirical in his plotting.
The titular story is among O. Henry?s most famous; a pair of opportunistic crooks kidnap the son of a wealthy Alabama businessman, hoping to collect a hefty ransom. They are soon driven to their wits end however, when the boy turns out to be a wildly misbehaving brat. The boy?s father makes a counteroffer: for a modest sum, he?ll take the boy back. The kidnappers agree and the youngster is returned.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
O. Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) was a prolific American short story writer. Initially trained as a pharmacist, Porter began his writing career as a journalist and worked on his stories on the side. After being accused of embezzling money from a bank he worked for, he fled to Honduras. He returned to the US upon the death of his wife and was sentenced to five years in prison. It was during this time that he began to have his first stories published. He later moved to New York and began writing stories in earnest. Some of his most famous stories include "Gift of the Magi" and "The Caballero's Way" which introduced the character, the Cisco Kid.