Each of us, when our day’s work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster à la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.
– O. Henry
born in Greensboro, North Carolina, The United States September 11, 1862
died: June 05, 1910
genre: Short Stories, Humor, Mystery & Thrillers
William Sydney Porter lends the pen name “O. Henry” to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter. His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. Their voices and his language were products of his era.
He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen, worked five years in uncle’s drugstore, then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch.
In 1884 he went to Austin where he worked in a real estate office, a church choir, and spent four years as a draftsman in the General Land Office. His wife and firstborn died, but daughter Margaret survived him.
After he failed to establish a small humorous weekly, he worked in poorly-run bank. When…more: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8993.O_Henry