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- DescriptionExcerpt from O. Henry: William Sidney Porter If the work of William Sidney Porter, better kwn as O. Henry, was the most teworthy contribution made to American literature during the first decade of the twentieth century, the expanding vogue of that work has less characterized the succeeding decade. He was hardly a national author at the time of his death in 1910, but in 1920 he seems securely national and international. The largest class of midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy was recently asked to name in writing the author whose complete works, if placed in the library of every American battleship, would be most often called for. O. Henry led by two hundred votes, Mark Twain coming second. It will be recalled also that at the autograph sales held in New York at the American Art Galleries early in 1918 a twelve-page letter from O. Henry, already published, sold for $810, while an unpublished autobiographical manuscript by Mark Twain, consisting of fourteen pages, brought only $540. If I had discovered him before his death, wrote Sir James M. Barrie, I should have considered a trip to the United States well worth while to make his acquaintance. But thing ever said of O. Henry would have pleased him more than a sentence from a London paper during the great war: We ought to be reading our casualty lists, for God kws they are heavy eugh; but, instead, we are all reading O. Henry. The appreciation of O. Henry came to England, however, only after effort. It was t easy for the British public to 'get' O. Henry at first, said Sir Ernest Hodder Williams during his recent visit to New York. They had to try. But they've got him w, and all over England you hear O. Henry being quoted. The World War, by the way, was a severe test to the popularity of writers, living and dead, American and European. It brought in a new audience, with new interests, with changed or changing ideals, with a refashioned outlook. Ordinary appeals seemed exhausted, for the world had been reduced to the bare elementals again. But the elemental facts of human nature, the essential traits of the human heart, are precisely those that gave O. Henry both theme and arena. O. Henry entered Europe via the French trenches because the French trenches spelled the common deminator of human nature. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Author(s)Charles Alphonso Smith
- PublisherForgotten Books
- Date of Publication27/09/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintForgotten Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight77 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine3 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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