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(without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... O. HENRY'S SHORT STORIES By Henry James Forman MR. SYDNEY
PORTER, the gentleman who, in the language of some of his
characters, is "denounced" by the euphonious pen name of O. Henry,
has breathed new life into the short story. Gifted as he is with a
flashing wit, abundant humour, and quick observation, no subject
has terrors for him. If it be too much to say, in the old phrase,
that nothing human is alien to him, at least the larger part of
humanity is his domain. The very title of one of his books, "The
Four Million," is a protest against those who believe that New York
contains only fouj hundred people worth while. O. Henry backs the
census-taker against the social arbiter. The rich and the
fashionable are, in his tales, conceived much in the spirit of
similar characters in melodrama, except that the ingredient of
humour is put in to mitigate them. Indeed, they figure but seldom.
But the poor and the lowly, the homeless lodger of the city park,
the vagabond of the "bread line," the waitress, the shop and
factory girl, the ward politician, the city policeman, the whole
"ruck and rabble" of life, so meaningless to the comfortable,
unobservant bourgeois, are set forth always with keen knowledge,
with a laughing humour, and not infrequently with a tender, smiling
pathos. As this panorama of the undenoted faces of the great city
passes before the reader, he becomes his own Caliph
Haroun-al-Kaschid, and New York a teeming Bagdad, full of romance
and mystery. The facility, the light touch of 0. Henry, his mastery
of the vernacular, his insight into the life of the disinherited,
make it needless for him to resort to such inventions as
Stevenson's learned Arabian, imaginary author of the "New Arabian
Nights." The piquant and picturesque phrasing, the dash of slang,
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