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Strictly Business

More Stories of the Four Million: The Gold that Glittered; Babes in the Jungle; The Day Resurgent; The Fifth Wheel; The Poet and the Peasant; The Robe of Peace; The Girl and the Graft; The Call of the Tame; The Unknown Quantity; The Thing’s the Play; A Ramble in Aphasia; A Municipal Report; Psyche and […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

The Voice of the City

Further Tales of the Four Million: The Complete Life of John Hopkins; A Lickpenny Lover; Dougherty’s Eye Opener; Little Speck in Garnered Fruit; The Harbinger; While the Auto Waits; A Comedy in Rubber; One Thousand Dollars; The Defeat of the City; The Shocks of Doom; The Plutonian Fire; Nemesis and the Candy Man; Squaring the […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Cabbages and Kings

A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a complex structure which slowly explicates its own background even as it painstakingly erects a town which is one of […]


Genre: Fiction, Humor, Short Stories

Roads of Destiny

A collection of 22 short stories: Roads of Destiny, The Guardian of the Accolade, The Discounters of Money, The Enchanted Profile, “Next to Reading Matter”, Art and the Bronco, Phœbe, A Double-dyed Deceiver, The Passing of Black Eagle, A Retrieved Reformation, Cherchez la Femme, Friends in San Rosario, The Fourth in Salvador, The Emancipation of […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Whirligigs

A collectior of 24 short stories: 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; […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

The Gift of the Magi

Jim Dillingham Young and his wife Della are a young couple who are very much in love with each other, but can barely afford their one-room apartment opposite the elevated train due to their very bad economic condition. For Christmas, Della decides to buy Jim a chain which costs twenty dollars for his prized pocket […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Sixes and Sevens

A collection of 25 short stories: The Last of the Troubadours, The Sleuths, Witches’ Loaves, The Pride of the Cities, Holding up a Train, Ulysses and the Dogman, The Champion of the Weather, Makes the Whole World Kin, At Arms with Morpheus, The Ghost of a Chance, Jimmie Payes and Muriel, The Door of Unrest, […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

The Four Million

Written in 1906 when roughly four million people lived in New York City, it opens with a reference to Ward McAllister’s “assertion that there were only “400” people in New York City who were really worth noticing. To O. Henry,however, everyone in New York counted. He had an obvious affection for the city, which he […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

The Trimmed Lamp

Other Stories of the Four Million: A Madison Square Arabian Night; The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball; The Pendulum; Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen; The Assessor of Success; The Buyer from Cactus City; The Badge of Policeman O’Roon; Brickdust Row; The Making of a New Yorker; Vanity and Some Sables; The Social Triangle; The Purple Dress; […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories