Two of O Henry’s Beloved Short Stories

One of my favorite authors ever is O Henry. Opinions differ strongly on the man’s work but he is as realistic in his recounting as Norman rockwell was in his painting.

Having read then left his stories on a shelf for a long time, in the last few days, I ran across them when downloading books to listen to. Taking O Henry with me on my evening walk, he again inspired me. The stories he wove are simple and the characters interesting and attractive. His surprise endings remain appealing and sometimes even jarring.

The next day, I sat at my work table and drew out book covers for two of his short stories. Yes, I know we do not “publish” on paper much these days but what can I say, I was inspired. I share with you two of his stories and include places where you can get them absolutely free to read and enjoy.

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The Last Leaf

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The Gift of the Magi

  • http://www.everydaygyaan.com/ Corinne Rodrigues

    These are two of my favorites from O Henry, Sonia. ?

    • http://soniarumzi.com/ Sonia Rumzi

       Me too Corinne. It is good of you to remember me. Hugs.

  • Totsymae

    I haven’t read a lot of O Henry but I’m vaguely familar. I’ll have to get some of his work. I’ve read a lot of James Thurber though.

  • http://www.riverarunsthroughit.com/ Nicole Rivera

    I have not read O Henry in a long time. I loved your point at the beginning, “he is as realistic in his recounting as Norman rockwell was in his painting.” That was just so beautifully put. There is something classically captured in O Henry’s works that definitely feels “Rockwellian” (<— did I just make that up?). I don't think I would have ever thought of it exactly that way before.

    • Sonia Rumzi

      Rockwellian works for me. A dear friend told me once that language is the slave of humans not the other way round. Shakespeare made up many words. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

      • http://www.riverarunsthroughit.com/ Nicole Rivera

        Ooo! I love that! I’m going to run with that!! :D