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A collection of O. Henry short stories, ordered by date of publication.

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English
ISBN
3192402202
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Lord Oakhurst’s Curse
I
II
III: The Curse
Bexar Scrip No. 2692
Queries and Answers
Aristocracy Versus Hash
Fickle Fortune or How Gladys Hustled
A Strange Story
The Great French Detective, in Austin
I
II
III
Tracked to Doom
A Snapshot at the President
Three Paragraphs
A Lunar Episode
The Sensitive Colonel Jay
The Distraction of Grief
A Sporting Interest
Had a Use for It
The Old Landmark
Getting at the Facts
Too Wise
Answers to Inquiries
Hush Money
Relieved
A Villainous Trick
Book Reviews
A Conditional Pardon
Bill Nye
A Guarded Secret
A Universal Favorite
Willing to Compromise
Ridiculous
Guessed Everything Else
A Slight Mistake
A Good Story Spoiled
Revenge
No Help for It
“Not So Much a Tam Fool”
A Guess-Proof Mystery Story
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
An Inspiration
Coming to Him
His Pension
The Winner
Hungry Henry’s Ruse
One Consolation
An Unsuccessful Experiment
Even Worse
The Shock
The Cynic
Speaking of Big Winds
An Original Idea
Calculations
A Valedictory
Solemn Thoughts
Explaining It
Her Failing
A Disagreement
An Expensive Veracity
Grounds for Uneasiness
Recognition
His Doubt
A Cheering Thought
What It Was
Identified
Red Conlin’s Eloquence
Marvelous
The Stranger’s Appeal
The Colonel’s Romance
A Narrow Escape
A Years Supply
Slightly Mixed
Knew What Was Needed
Some Ancient News Notes
A Sure Method
A Tragedy
A Houston Romance
Nothing New Under the Sun
A Matter of Loyalty
By Easy Stages
Taking No Chances
The Other Side of It
The Bruised Reed
Journalistically Impossible
The Power of Reputation
A Personal Insult
Reconciliation
Buying a Piano
Too Late
A New Microbe
A Story for Men
Just a Little Damp
Her Mysterious Charm
Why He Hesitated
Convinced
How It Started
His Dilemma
Something for Baby
A Righteous Outburst
A Green Hand
A Fatal Error
The Rake-Off
The Telegram
An Opportunity Declined
The Confession of a Murderer
A Startling Demonstration
Leap Year Advice
After Supper
His Only Opportunity
Correcting a Great Injustice
Getting Acquainted
City Perils
Jack the Giant Killer
No Time to Lose
Paderewski’s Hair
Binkley’s Practical School of Journalism
The Apple
A Pastel
A Night Errant
Board and Ancestors
An X-Ray Fable
The Sporting Editor on Culture
A Question of Direction
The Prisoner of Zembla
Lucky Either Way
The “Bad Man”
Simmon’s Saturday Night
The Wounded Veteran
Her Ruse
Why Conductors Are Morose
Led Astray
The Mirage on the Frio
The Legend of San Jacinto
In Mezzotint
Whiskey Did It
A Strange Case
How Willie Saved Father
Veriton Villa
A Mystery of Many Centuries
The Good Boy
The Dissipated Jeweler
Sufficient Provocation
The Pint Flask
An Unknown Romance
How She Got in the Swim
An Odd Character
The Barber Talks
The Sunday Excursionist
Barbershop Adventure
Somebody Lied
The Lotus and the Cockleburrs
The Proem
“Fox-in-the-Morning”
The Lotus and the Bottle
Smith
Caught
Cupid’s Exile Number Two
The Phonograph and the Graft
Money Maze
The Admiral
The Flag Paramount
The Shamrock and the Palm
The Remnants of the Code
Shoes
Ships
Masters of Arts
Dicky
Rouge Et Noir
Two Recalls
The Vitagraphoscope
Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking
Georgia’s Ruling
Bulger’s Friend
A Blackjack Bargainer
The Duplicity of Hargraves
The Passing of Black Eagle
Cherchez La Femme
Friends in San Rosario
The Marionettes
By Courier
Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches
An Afternoon Miracle
A Call Loan
The Struggle of the Outliers
A Professional Secret
Cupid à la Carte
A Departmental Case
Round the Circle
The Cactus
The Renaissance at Charleroi
Hearts and Hands
A Ghost of a Chance
Art and the Bronco
Hygeia at the Solito
Sound and Fury
Roads of Destiny
The Left Branch
The Right Branch
The Main Road
The Robe of Peace
A Retrieved Reformation
One Dollar’s Worth
While the Auto Waits
The Guardian of the Accolade
October and June
The Marquis and Miss Sally
Out of Nazareth
The Atavism of John Tom Little Bear
The Whirligig of Life
The Fourth in Salvador
Jimmy Hayes and Muriel
I
II
III
Tobin’s Palm
The Lonesome Road
Confessions of a Humorist
At Arms with Morpheus
The Princess and the Puma
A Chaparral Christmas Gift
The Sphinx Apple
The Pimienta Pancakes
The Social Triangle
The Elusive Tenderloin
A Chaparral Prince
The Ferry of Unfulfilment
The Pendulum
The Hypotheses of Failure
Transformation of Martin Burney
A Little Local Colour
A Newspaper Story
A Madison Square Arabian Night
The Champion of the Weather
On Behalf of the Management
The Enchanted Kiss
The Adventures of Shamrock Jolnes
After Twenty Years
The Sparrows in Madison Square
Lost on Dress Parade
The Reformation of Calliope
Witches’ Loaves
New York by Camp Fire Light
The Romance of a Busy Broker
A Matter of Mean Elevation
The Brief Debut of Tildy
Holding Up a Train
The Easter of the Soul
Ulysses and the Dogman
The Complete Life of John Hopkins
The Caliph and the Cad
The Door of Unrest
The Emancipation of Billy
A Harlem Tragedy
Dougherty’s Eye-Opener
The Rubber Plant’s Story
The Gold That Glittered
A Lickpenny Lover
The Missing Chord
A Dinner at ———
One Thousand Dollars
A Comedy in Rubber
The Defeat of the City
The Pride of the Cities
The Greater Coney
Transients in Arcadia
The Lady Higher Up
The Foreign Policy of Company 99
Two Renegades
A Tempered Wind
The Roads We Take
The Furnished Room
A Philistine in Bohemia
The Diamond of Kali
A Little Talk About Mobs
Suite Homes and Their Romance
The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock
Makes the Whole World Kin
The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein
The Rathskeller and the Rose
A Sacrifice Hit
The Sleuths
From the Cabby’s Seat
The Theory and the Hound
The Coming-Out of Maggie
Squaring the Circle
Hearts and Crosses
The Ransom of Mack
The Cop and the Anthem
Christmas by Injunction
The Green Door
The Church with an Overshot-Wheel
The Badge of Policeman O’Roon
A Ramble in Aphasia
The Making of a New Yorker
A Service of Love
Psyche and the Pskyscraper
A Cosmopolite in a Café
The Girl and the Habit
Vanity and Some Sables
The Unknown Quantity
Babes in the Jungle
The Song and the Sergeant
Man About Town
Memoirs of a Yellow Dog
Mammon and the Archer
The Detective Detector
“Little Speck in Garnered Fruit”
The Shocks of Doom
Extradited from Bohemia
The Red Roses of Tonia
Springtime à la Carte
Between Rounds
Tommy’s Burglar
The Marry Month of May
The Girl and the Graft
The Call of the Tame
According to Their Lights
Roses, Ruses and Romance
The Voice of the City
Hostages to Momus
I
II
III
IV
Sisters of the Golden Circle
The Dog and the Playlet
An Adjustment of Nature
A Midsummer Knight’s Dream
The Lost Blend
An Unfinished Story
Nemesis and the Candy Man
The City of Dreadful Night
The Skylight Room
The Assessor of Success
From Each According to His Ability
The Poet and the Peasant
A Bird of Bagdad
The Plutonian Fire
“The Guilty Party”
The Count and the Wedding Guest
The Last Leaf
Elsie in New York
The Clarion Call
The Tale of a Tainted Tenner
Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen
Blind Man’s Holiday
Telemachus, Friend
A Double-Dyed Deceiver
The Gift of the Magi
The Duel
The Thing’s the Play
The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball
The Buyer from Cactus City
The Harbinger
The Day Resurgent
The Fool-Killer
The Handbook of Hymen
Brickdust Row
Sociology in Serge and Straw
“Girl”
A Ruler of Men
The Trimmed Lamp
The Higher Abdication
Calloway’s Code
The Country of Elusion
The Ethics of Pig
Compliments of the Season
Seats of the Haughty
The Purple Dress
Past One at Rooney’s
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson
The Man Higher Up
Proof of the Pudding
The Halberdier of the Little Rheinschloss
The Caballero’s Way
The Ransom of Red Chief
The Fifth Wheel
The World and the Door
Phoebe
“Next to Reading Matter”
The Day We Celebrate
The Octopus Marooned
Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet
Modern Rural Sports
The Chair of Philanthromathematics
The Hand That Riles the World
The Exact Science of Matrimony
A Midsummer Masquerade
Shearing the Wolf
Innocents of Broadway
Conscience in Art
The Memento
The Enchanted Profile
A Night in New Arabia
The Headhunter
The Moment of Victory
“The Rose of Dixie”
Buried Treasure
The Last of the Troubadours
Strictly Business
“What You Want”
The Hiding of Black Bill
Schools and Schools
I
II
III
IV
V
The Discounters of Money
He Also Serves
The Third Ingredient
Thimble, Thimble
Helping the Other Fellow
II
III
IV
Supply and Demand
To Him Who Waits
The Higher Pragmatism
I
II
Bestseller
I
II
III
IV
No Story
A Poor Rule
Rus in Urbe
The Venturers
A Municipal Report
A Christmas Pi
A Technical Error
Let Me Feel Your Pulse
The Friendly Call
The Snow Man
Law and Order
An Unfinished Christmas Story
The Unprofitable Servant
A Fog in Santone
The Dream
Endnotes
Colophon
Uncopyright
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