Friday, November 13, 2009

No. 51 - Selected Stories of O. Henry

by O. Henry

Started: November 13
Finished: December 13

Notes: O. Henry is generally accepted as one of the greatest American short story writers of all time, at least within literary circles. I read quite a few of his tales in school, but that's been years and years ago. I thought it was time I became reacquainted with him. Maybe he can teach me something.

Mini review: As can be expected, there was plenty of warm, homespun fiction here from the turn of the 20th Cenury. But what was surprising were a handful of tales that had a dark edge to them, or were out-and-out dark. I was happily surprised on more than one occasion. Every short story writer should become familiar with O'Henry.

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