Part 1: Read: About the author:
O. Henry was an author most famous for his short stories. He is recognized as one of the best writers of short stories in America. His stories often have twist endings and moralistic themes, with many reflecting his own experiences in New York City.
O. Henry (real name: William Sydney Porter) was an American author and journalist. Famous for his concise and clever short stories, O. Henry was an early pioneer of the Modernist literary movement. His creative range was broad, including social commentary and witty wit, as well as romance and suspense, but he is best known for his surprise endings. His original writing style features a mix of humor and irony that became known as “The O. Henry Twist.
O. Henry is the pseudonym of the aforementioned writer’s real name William Sydney Porter who was an American short story writer and journalist. He is best known for his whimsical, clever, and often ironic twist endings to his tales. Porter was born in North Carolina on September 11, 1862, to parents who were shopkeepers. He had two sisters and one brother. After his father died when he was 10 years old, his mother moved her family back to her hometown of Greensboro.
O. Henry was a pseudonym for William Sidney Porter, who wrote many short stories that are now considered classics. His work is often characterized by coincidence and twists of fate and is set in New York City and Texas.
Part 2: Listen to the audio recording of the short story “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry
Part 3: Watch, read, and listen to the video based on the short story “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry
Part 4: Take the short story quiz
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