100 Selected Stories, Paperback

100 Selected Stories Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

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With a new Introduction by Professor Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D.

This selection of a hundred of O. Henry's succinct tales displays the range, humour and humanity of a perennially popular short-story writer.

Here Henry gives a richly colourful and exuberantly entertaining panorama of social life, ranging from thieves to tycoons, from the streets of New York to the prairies of Texas.

These stories are famed for their 'trick endings' or 'twists in the tail': repeatedly the plot twirls adroitly, compounding ironies.

Indeed, O. Henry's cunning plots surpass those of the ingenious rogues he creates.

His style is genial, lively and witty, displaying a virtuoso's command of language and allusion.

This great collection offers delights for the mind, imagination and emotions.



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What can you say about O. Henry? Definitely, that at one time, he was the master of short fiction, bringing back things like hubris and irony.This collection contains 100 short stories written by him. While entertaining in their own right, reading them back to back to back to back gives one the impression that one has read the story before, and not because he reuses plot elements, but because he keeps springing a "surprise" ending on the reader. Of course, after enough surprise endings, the reader comes to expect them, and then suddenly, it becomes a chore to read the other 98 stories.It's a good book if you're looking to venture into the field of short fiction (though not the only book you should get). Also, it's good if you're a fan a short fiction and don't mind taking a long time to read a thick book like this. If you're a power-reader like me, though, get ready for some very slow times of reading.

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