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Full Name: O. Henry
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(1862-1910) Short-story writer. O. Henry was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He went to Texas in 1882 and worked as a teller in an Austin bank (1891-94) and as a newspaperman for the Houston Post. In 1898 an unexplained shortage in the Austin bank was charged to him. Although many people believed him innocent, he fled to the Honduras but returned to be with his wife, who was fatally ill. During his prison sentence he began writing stories. Upon his release from incarceration he moved in New York City and became a highly successful and prolific contributor to various magazines. His short, simple stories are noted for their careful plotting, irony, and almost trademark "trick" endings. Although his stories have come under critical fire, O. Henry's fiction did capture the essence of New York City. His approximately 300 stories are collected in "Cabbages and Kings" (1904), "The Four Million" (1906), "The Voice of the City" (1908), "Options" (1909), and others. He stayed at the Hotel Chelsea in the early 1900s and also lived in Grove Court. Another home was at 47 West 24th Street. In 2012 the United States Postal Service issued its 28th stamp in the Literary Arts series in honor of the 150th anniversary of O. Henry.
Author's Timeline:
1862 (Unknown) County
O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on September 11, 1862. 
1910 (Unknown) County
O. Henry died in New York City on June 5, 1910. 
1904 (Unknown) County
Cabbages And Kings
(Pub: McClure, Phillips & Company ISBN: )
Novel. 
1906 (Unknown) County
The Four Million
(Pub: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1908 (Unknown) County
The Voice Of The City
(Pub: Doubleday, Doran ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1909 (Unknown) County
Options
(Pub: Harper & Brothers ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1903 New York County
O. Henry lived at 55 Irving Place from 1903 until 1906 and hung out at Pete's Tavern, known then as Healy's Cafe, located at 66 Irving Place at East 18th Street in Manhattan, New York. 
1910 (Unknown) County
O. Henry was interred at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. 
1909 (Unknown) County
Roads of Destiny
(Pub: Doubleday Page ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1910 (Unknown) County
Whirligigs
(Pub: Doubleday & Page ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1910 (Unknown) County
The Trimmed Lamp
(Pub: Doubleday ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1910 (Unknown) County
Strictly Business: More Stories of the Four Million
(Pub: Doubleday, Page & Company ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1911 (Unknown) County
Sixes and Sevens
(Pub: Doubleday, Page & Company ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
1919 (Unknown) County
The Gentle Grafter
(Pub: Doubleday, Page & Company ISBN: )
Collection of short stories. 
? New York County
Mr. Henry stayed at the Hotel Chelsea in the early 1900s and also lived in Grove Court. Another home was at 47 West 24th Street, Manhattan, New York.  

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