Each of us…

Each of us, when our day’s work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster Ć  la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.

– O. Henry

8993

born in Greensboro, North Carolina, The United States September 11, 1862
died: June 05, 1910
gender: male
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

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9 thoughts on “Each of us…

  1. ‘July 6, 1895: American short story writer William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. O. Henry, coined the term “banana republic” and is best known for his twist endings. In a bid to escape being jailed for embezzlement, he skipped town 118 years ago today, leaving Houston for New Orleans. He was caught, but ended up publishing several stories from behind bars.’
    Goodreads

  2. I am very fond of O.Henry’s writings. I thnk the man was brilliant in the manner in which he put those unexpected twists on the endings of his stories. That reminds me that I need to begin reading him again. Thanks for writing about him, Ela.

  3. Love him. But, don’t know about seeking ones ideal. Me thinks that would generate a lot of disappointment and movement away from this wonderfully alive moment of perfection. But then what the bleep do I know? lol xoxo wag wag Paw

  4. I love short stories and O. Henry. Those ending twists fit in nicely with life on the edge.

  5. I love his short stories.

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