Wednesday, March 30, 2011

O'Henry - Which is your Favorite Story?

I was trying to pick my favorite O’Henry story and settled on “The Retrieved Reformation,” about Jimmy Valentine, former safecracker.  Of course that meant I might not be suggesting an O’Henry collection that included “The Gift of the Magi” or “The Ransom of Red Chief” – O’Henry’s two best known short stories—unless all three were in the same collection.

But I could not figure out which O’Henry collection contained had my favorite story . . . so a creative solution was needed.

For only 89 cents you can get The Complete Works of O. Henry with a linked index.  (£0.71 UK edition) (EUR 1,61 Deutsch edition) This way you can decide for yourself which is the best O’Henry story!  Downloading “The Gift of the Magi,” (UK Edition)  I found out it was only that story – a sort of ur-Kindle’s single.  If that is the only story you want, you can download it for free.

P.S. O’Henry is the pen name of William Sydney Porter.

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  1. Yes, it's absolutely neccessary to have the complete works. :) My own personal favorite is "Friends In San Rosario." As a matter of fact, I'm in the middle of doing a weekly countdown of my top ten favorites on my blog.

  2. Very nice! There is a building in San Antonio, called the O'Henry House. It actually was not his house, but where he worked on his magazine for a brief period. Texas Public Radio had an interesting piece on the building a few weeks ago.

    You can follow Elizabeth's O'Henry count down on her blog, here:


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