Definition of O Henry from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


O Henry

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(1862-1910) a popular US writer of short stories who was born William Sydney Porter. He began to write in prison after being sent there for stealing money from the bank where he worked. O Henry's stories were simple and often humorous, and they usually ended with a surprise. More than 300 of them were collected in Cabbages and Kings (1904), The Voice of the City (1908) and other volumes: It's a story with an O'Henry ending.