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The Complete Works of O Henry Manuscript Edition
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1912 12 volumes. With three autograph manuscript leaves bound in the first volume (two from Heart of the West, pages 189-190). Frontispiece and numerous plates (from photographs, drawings by the author, reproductions of letters, etc.) in Rolling Stones (Volume XII).Small quarto (10 1/4: x 7") in original publisher's quarter parchment over tan boards with deckled edges. Front covers and spines lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. First edition limited to 125 numbered copies, this copy number thirty-seven.An extremely popular and prolific writer, O. Henry is noted for his sentimental, semi-realistic stories dealing with the lives of modest people and his mastery of the surprise ending. A North Carolinian by birth, Porter moved to Texas, where he became the editor and publisher of the humorous magazine The Rolling Stone. When he was charged with embezzling funds from a bank, he fled to Central America, subsequently the scene of Cabbages and Kings (1904). He later returned and, although there has been much debate over his actual guilt, served over three years in the federal penitentiary. While in prison, he published the first of his O. Henry stories-Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking (1899)...Stories he heard in prison were the germs of many of his narratives...But his work is most identified with New York City, which he liked to call 'Bagdad-on-the-Subway.' Among the collections of O. Henry stories are The Four Million (1906), which contains his famous story 'The Gift of the Magi', 'The Voice of the City' (1908), and 'Options' (1909) (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia).Condition:Slight marking were early book plate removed from front pastedowns, small 33f lettered in back pastedown gutters else a very fine set.
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