The Cop and the Anthem and Other Stories - penguin classics - 9780241447468 -
The Cop and the Anthem and Other Stories 

The Cop and the Anthem and Other Stories

The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.
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Editeur : Penguin Classics

Collection : The Penguin English Library

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Reliure :
Broché
Nbr de pages :
240
Dimension :
12,8 x 20,0 x 1,3 cm
Poids :
178 gr
ISBN 10 :
0241447461
ISBN 13 :
9780241447468
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The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

Auteurs :

Such volumes as
Cabbages and Kings
(1904) and
The Four Million
(1906) collect short stories, noted for their often surprising endings, of American writer William Sydney Porter, who used the pen name O. Henry.

His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. His era produced their voices and his language.

Mother of three-year-old Porter died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen years of age and worked for five years in drugstore of his uncle and then for two years at a Texas sheep ranch.

In 1884, he went to Austin, where he worked in a real estate office and a church choir and spent four years as a draftsman in the general land office. His wife and firstborn died, but daughter Margaret survived him.

He failed to establish a small humorous weekly and afterward worked in poorly-run bank. When its accounts balanced not, people blamed and fired him.

In Houston, he worked for a few years until, ordered to stand trial for embezzlement, he fled to New Orleans and thence Honduras.

Two years later, he returned on account of illness of his wife. Apprehended, Porter served a few months more than three years in a penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio. During his incarceration, he composed ten short stories, including
A Blackjack Bargainer
,
The Enchanted Kiss
, and
The Duplicity of Hargraves
.

In 1899, McClure's published
Whistling Dick's Christmas Story
and
Georgia's Ruling
.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he sent manuscripts to New York editors. In the spring of 1902, Ainslee's Magazine offered him a regular income if he moved to New York.

In less than eight years, he became a bestselling author of collections of short stories. Cabbages and Kings came first in 1904 The Four Million, and
The Trimmed Lamp
and
Heart of the West
followed in 1907, and
The Voice of the City
in 1908,
Roads of Destiny
and
Options
in 1909,
Strictly Business
and
Whirligigs
in 1910 followed.

Posthumously published collections include
The Gentle Grafter
about the swindler, Jeff Peters;
Rolling Stones
,
Waifs and Strays
, and in 1936, unsigned stories, followed.

People rewarded other persons financially more.
A Retrieved Reformation
about the safe-cracker Jimmy Valentine got $250; six years later, $500 for dramatic rights, which gave over $100,000 royalties for playwright Paul Armstrong. Many stories have been made into films.

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