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William Sydney Porter
Transcript of William Sydney Porter
William Sydney Porter
Look closely to keep him in mind as a catchy writer.
Who is he?
The period began
Different activities and professions before he finally found his calling as a short story writer
His second collection of stories, The Four Million, was released in 1906. The stories are set in New York City, and the title is based on the population of the city at that time.
or... What is it ?
Let's leaf through some photos and listen his voice in order to know him well.
To be acquainted with his world, let's listen to his voice record from 1900 s .
A chocolate ?
An ice cream ???
What will be taught today???
Guess What is about to be taught?
Or A baby ?
Sure he was a baby. But not an ordinary one. His short stories are well known throughout the world; noted for their witticism, clever wordplay, and unexpected "twist" endings.
The American short story writer O. Henry (1862 - 1910) was born under the name William Sydney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1862.
He started working in his uncle's drugstore in 1879 and became a licensed pharmacist by the age of 19. His first creative expressions came while working in the pharmacy where he would sketch the townspeople that frequented the store.
He had an active social life in Austin and was a fine musician, skilled with the guitar and mandolin
Over the next several years, Porter -- as he was still known -- took a number of different jobs, from pharmacy to drafting, journalism, and banking.
Too many or so many jobs
O. Henry's prolific writing period began in 1902 in New York City, where he wrote 381 short stories. He wrote one story a week for The New York World Sunday Magazine for over a year.
381 short stories
one story a week
Some of his best and least known work is contained in
Cabbages and Kings
, his first collection of published stories, set in a central American town, in which sub-plots and larger plots are
in an engaging manner.
The collection contained several short story masterpieces, including
The Gift of the Magi
The Cop and the Anthem
, and many others.
O. Henry's trademark is his witty, plot-twisting endings, and his warm characterization of the awkward and difficult situations and the creative ways people find to resolve them. His most famous short story, The Gift of the Magi, epitomizes his style. It's a story about a young married couple, short on money, who wish to buy each other Christmas gifts. That problem -- their lack of funds -- finds a famously endearing and ironic resolution.
The Cop and the Anthem is about A New York City hobo with a creative solution for dealing with the cold city streets during winter.
A series of stories which explore aspects of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town, each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a complex structure. The larger, overriding plot slowly explicates its own background, even as it creates a town which is one of the most detailed literary creations of the period.
The Last Leaf: Synopsis. Johnsy and Sue are artists who move into Greenwich Village in New York City. As Winter approaches and the weather gets colder, Johnsy becomes ill with pneumonia. She gets so sick that she believes that when the last leaf falls from the vine outside her window, she will die.
The son of a millionaire is distressed because the young woman he loves is leaving the country in two days. She’s an aristocrat with a full social calendar, so he can’t even see her and doesn’t think his father’s money can help. His father disagrees.
A policeman makes his rounds, checking that the shop doors are secured for the night, when he sees a man waiting in an entrance way. The man explains that he and a friend made arrangements twenty years ago to meet there that night.
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