Whirligigs

  • Title: Whirligigs
  • Author: O. Henry
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 324
  • Format: hardcover
  • Whirligigs Short stories
    Short stories

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    About O. Henry


    1. William Sydney Porter lends the pen name O Henry to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters Their voices and his language were products of his era.He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis He left school at fifteen, worked five years in his uncle s drugstore, then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch In 1884 he went to Austin where he worked in a real estate office, a church choir, and spent four years as a draftsman in the General Land Office His wife and firstborn died, but daughter Margaret survived him After he failed to establish a small humorous weekly, he worked in poorly run bank When its accounts did not balance, he was blamed for it, and fired In Houston, he worked for a few years until ordered to stand trial for embezzlement he fled to New Orleans and thence, to Honduras Two years later, he returned on account of his wife s illness Apprehended, Porter served a few months than three years in a Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio During his incarceration, he composed ten short stories, including A Blackjack Bargainer, The Enchanted Kiss, and The Duplicity of Hargraves In 1899, McClure s published Whistling Dick s Christmas Story and Georgia s Ruling While in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he sent manuscripts to New York editors In the spring of 1902, Ainslee s Magazine offered him a regular income if he moved to New York In less than eight years, he became a bestselling author of collections of short stories Cabbages and Kings came first, in 1904 followed by The Four Million The Trimmed Lamp and Heart of the West in 1907 The Voice of the City in 1908 Roads of Destiny and Options in 1909, Strictly Business and Whirligigs in 1910 Posthumously published collections include The Gentle Grafter about the swindler, Jeff Peters Rolling Stones and Waifs and Strays and in 1936, unsigned stories Others were rewarded financially A Retrieved Reformation, about the safe cracker Jimmy Valentine, got 250 six years later, 500 for dramatic rights, which gave over 100,000 royalties for playwright Paul Armstrong Many stories have been made into films.


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    1. This is one of the best volumes of O. Henry's. Like all of his books, some stories are better than others. But none are complete duds and some are real gems. My favorites in this book are "Calloway's Code", "Tommy's Burglar" and "A little Local Colour".In "Calloway's Code", a reporter covering the Russo-Japanese War wants to get a story by the Japanese censors. He comes up with an ingenious code, but back in New York, his editor can't make sense of it. He consults all sorts of newspapermen, but [...]

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    2. Henry, O.The Complete Works of O. HenryIn compilation only.1) The World and the Door2) The Theory and the Hound3) The Hypotheses of Failure4) Calloway's Code5) A Matter of Mean Elevation6) "Girl"7) Sociology in Serge and Straw8) The Ransom of Red Chief9) The Marry Month of May10) A Technical Error11) Suite Homes and Their Romance12) The Whirligig of Life13) A Sacrifice Hit14) The Roads We Take15) A Blackjack Bargainer16) The Song and the Sergeant17) One Dollar's Worth18) A Newspaper Story19) Tom [...]

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    3. Whirligigs offers some of O. Henry's best short stories; complete with quirky characters, witty romps with clever twists, and "I did not see that coming" endings. Included in the book is the short titled The Ransom of Red Chief, one of my all-time favorites. A public domain book, free at: gutenberg/ebooks/1595

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    4. My copy is very old. Published in 1910. O. Henry short stories - some very familiar, some I had never read. His use of words - though not always easy to read quickly - are worth taking the time to read carefully. Some descriptions made me laugh out loud. And then there is always the twist at the end of his stories. Take your time. If you love words, dip in.

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    5. very clever and intriguing stories!

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    6. Lovely short stories most are in fact very short. O.Henry writes lovingly about every one of his characters.

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    7. Great stories. Great author.

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    8. This was another great short-story book by O. Henry. Lots of stories from the 1800's, many on the frontier, many humorous. This book included the famous story, "The Ransom of Red Chief."

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    9. Read so far:The World and the Door--The Theory and the Hound--The Hypotheses of Failure--Calloway's Code--A Matter of Mean Elevation--Girl--Sociology in Serge and Straw--The Ransom of Red Chief--The Marry Month of May--A Technical Error--Suite Homes and Their Romance--The Whirligig of Life--A Sacrifice Hit--The Roads We Take--A Blackjack Bargainer--The Song and the Sergeant--One Dollar's Worth--A Newspaper Story--Tommy's Burglar--A Chaparral Christmas Gift--A Little Local Colour--Georgia's Rulin [...]

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    10. I only read half of the book and decided that was enough. Didn't care for it.

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