Excerpt from Selected Stories From O. Henry A good coign of vantage for the appraisal of O. Henry is found in the number and variety of authors with whom he has been compared. No other American writer of recent times has sent his critics on so many or so diverse quests for suggestive parallels or equally suggestive contrasts. He himself once wrote: When we strove to set forth real life they reproached us for trying to imitate Henry George, George Washington, Washington Irving, and Irving Bacheller. We wrote of the West and the East, and they accused us of both Jesse and Henry James. He has t been, so far as my reading goes, accused of Henry James; but the vocabulary and plots of the two have been interestingly likened. We realize, says a writer in The Unpopular Review, that we are dealing with uncouth ranchman who has literary aspirations, who writes in slang for want of legitimate vocabulary. We are in the hands of one who has read widely and well, one who has a vocabulary, t including his slang, which may be called unique, which may be compared indeed with that of a Pater or a James. And Miss Blanche Colton Williams, after mentioning a group of O. Henry stories, among which are Transients in Arcadia, The Gift of the Magi, and The World and the Door, adds: In connection with these plots, O. Henry must have observed that Henry James had employed the method he himself had used. 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.