This book contains the following stories by O. Henry: The Gift of the Magi; A Cosmopolite in a Cafe; Man About Town; The Cop and the Anthem; The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein; Mammon and the Archer; Springtime a la Carte; From the Cabby's seat; An Unfinished Story; The Romance of a Busy Broker; The Furnished Room; Roads of Destiny; The Enchanted Profile; The Passing of Black Eagle; A Retrieved Reformation; The Renaissance at Charleroi; Shoes; Ships; The Hiding of Black Bill; The Duplicity of Hargraves; The Ransom of Red Chief; The Marry Month of May; The Whirligig of Life; A Blackjack Bargainer; A Lickpenny Lover; The Defeat of the City; Squaring the Circle; Transients in Arcadia; The Trimmed Lamp; The Pendulum; Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen; The Making of a New Yorker; The Lost Blend; A Harlem Tragedy; A Midsummer Knight's Dream; The Last Leaf; The Count and the Wedding Guest; A Municipal Report.
The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume. The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the best work of America's favorite storyteller. They are tales in his most mellow, humorous, and ironic moods. They give the full range and flavor of the man born William Sydney Porter but known throughout the world as O. Henry, one of the great masters of the short story.
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