William Sydney Porter


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William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings.

William Sidney Porter was born on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina. His middle name at birth was Sidney; he changed the spelling to Sydney in ... more »

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  • ''She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "A Ramble in Aphasia," Strictly Business (1910).
  • ''If ever there was an aviary overstocked with jays it is that Yaptown-on-the-Hudson, called New York.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "A Tempered Wind," The Gentle Grafter (1908). O. Henry also referred to New...
  • ''A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "Makes the Whole World Kin," Sixes and Sevens (1911).
  • ''If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," The Four Million (1906).
  • ''Turn up the lights; I don't want to go home in the dark.''
    O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. Quoted in O. Henry Biography, ch. 9, Charles Alphonso Smith (1916). Last wo...
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