O Henry's Short Stories - Larger Print Author:O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) New York was a magic city of excitement and the unexpected to William Sydney Porter, who signed his stories with the name "O. Henry." — "In the big city," he says in one of his stories, "the twin spirits of Romance and Adventure are always abroad seeking worthy wooers." Curious coincidences and surprise endings aboun... more »d in these tales, whether it's the story of a sick girl watching the leaves flutter down, or the spirited adventure of outwitting a desperate Western gunman. But the first taste of O. Henry's work shows that there is more to it than bright coincidences and amusing surprises. What makes his work so much fun to read is the real warmth he feels for his characters and the understanding he has, deep down, of the whole fantastic spectacle of living.
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