The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

O. Henry

O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter in 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and died in New York in 1910. The author of hundreds of stories, O. Henry is known for unexpected twists of plot—narratives that point in one direction, only to be turned on their heads. “The Ransom of Red Chief,” one of his best-known stories, was originally published in 1910. A master of the American short story, O. Henry is honored each year by the annual awards that bear his name.

Stories by O. Henry published in Zoetrope: All-Story:
 The Ransom of Red Chief, Vol. 5, No. 2