O. Henry (1862 – 1910) was born under the name William Sydney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1862. This American Short Story writer has a rich canon and his short stories are well known throughout the world; noted for their witticism, clever wordplay, and unexpected twist endings.
Like many other writers, O. Henry’s early career aspirations were unfocused, and he wandered across different activities and professions before he finally found his calling as a short story writer. He started working in his uncle’s drugstore in 1879 and became a licensed pharmacist by the age of 19. His first creative expressions came while working in the pharmacy where he would sketch the townspeople that frequented the store. The customers reacted warmly to his drawings and he was admired for his artistry and drawing skills. This book is available in paperback and contains many familiar stories