Heart of the West (Illustrated Edition) by O. Henry

Heart of the West (Illustrated Edition)

byO. Henry

Kobo ebook | January 28, 2017

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The Heart of the West is a collection of short stories set in the American West, and may have been partially based on tales—tall or true—which O Henry heard during his wanderings in Texas and Mexico.

There are nineteen short stories in this collection. Romance among the cattle-royalty is a recurring feature, as are the adventures in love and scraps of the humbler cow-punching classes. All of them could be told as quick anecdotes over a campfire; maybe some of them were once. O Henry has polished them up to a high shine, peopled them with vivid characters, and wrung from them every drop of humour or pathos.

This edition of the book contains the single original illustration, rejuvenated, and nine additional Western illustrations that are unique to this edition of the book.

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their surprise endings.

Most of O. Henry's stories are set in his own time, the early 20th century. Many take place in New York City and deal for the most part with ordinary people: clerks, policemen, waitresses, etc.

O. Henry's work is wide-ranging, and his characters can be found roaming the cattle-lands of Texas, exploring the art of the con-man, or investigating the tensions of class and wealth in turn-of-the-century New York. O. Henry had an inimitable hand for isolating some element of society and describing it with an incredible economy and grace of language. Some of his best and least-known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings, a series of stories each of which explores some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town, while advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another.

Porter was a heavy drinker, and by 1908 his markedly deteriorating health affected his writing. In 1909, his second wife, Sarah, left him, and he died on June 5, 1910, of cirrhosis of the liver, complications of diabetes, and an enlarged heart. After funeral services in New York City, he was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Title:Heart of the West (Illustrated Edition)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 28, 2017Publisher:Steve GabanyLanguage:English

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