Jack London & O. Henry ©2005 Milton Knight



O. Henry is the pen name of William Sydney Porter. The master of the surprise ending was born in 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Porter left school at age fifteen, worked a number of jobs, then moved to Texas in 1882 where he became a ranch hand, then a pharmacist, and a bookkeeper. He married in 1887, and briefly published a humorous weekly, The Rolling Stone. When that paper failed, he joined The Houston Post as a reporter and columnist. He also worked as, most unfortunately, a bank clerk. He was accused of embezzlement, and fled, first to New Orleans, and then to Honduras to escape trial. While in Honduras he received word that his wife was terminally ill. He returned to Austin, and shortly after her death in 1897 he was convicted and sentenced to five years in a federal penitentiary in Ohio. It was while in prison that he adopted the pen name O. Henry (taken from the name of one of his guards) and began to write fiction. He was released from prison after three years and moved to New York City, where he wrote for The New York World and other publications. O. Henry was a prolific and extremely popular writer, and before his death in 1910 published over 600 short stories.


Graphic Classics: O. Henry
144 pages,
b&w, $10


Christmas Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 19

144 pages, color, $15