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 Collection: O. Henry Project
The Snow Man

The Snow Man

Date: August 1910
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Short story set in Colorado in the winter. "Editorial note.--Before the recent fatal illness of William Sydney Porter...this American master of short-story writing had begun for Hampton's Magazine the story printed below...When he realized that he could do no more...O. Henry told in detail the remainder of "The Snow Man" to Harris Merton Lyon..."
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Cabbages and Kings

Cabbages and Kings

Date: 1904
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: This work is O. Henry's first published volume and is considered to be his only novel. The plot is composed of several short stories, which were inspired by the author's six-month stay in Honduras in the late 1890s.
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The Whirligig of Life

The Whirligig of Life

Date: July 1903
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Short story about a couple's divorce and remarriage.
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Rus in Urbe

Rus in Urbe

Date: August 1909
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Short story about a press-agent in New York.
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[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]

[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]

Date: August 2, 1885
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Autograph album belonging to Effie Roach Hofer. It includes page a 10-line verse poem entitled "Poetry," with drawing of fiddle and pointing finger and hand, signed "W.S. Porter/Secretary Jolly Brothers."
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[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to F.M. Maddox]

[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to F.M. Maddox]

Date: March 18, 1902
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Handwritten letter from O. Henry asking F.M. Maddox to loan him $75 to relocate to New York City from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to H. H. McClure]

[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to H. H. McClure]

Date: October 6, 1907
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Letter from Porter to H. H. McClure asking for an advance to pay for his daughter's private school tuition.
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Contract between H.H. McClure and Sydney Porter

Contract between H.H. McClure and Sydney Porter

Date: October 21, 1907
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Contract between H.H. McClure and Sydney Porter, signed by both parties, dated 21 October 1907. Note: In address block at top, “Sidney” has been changed to “Sydney” with handwritten change of letter i to y, an interesting detail given that O. Henry himself spelled it both ways at different times.
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[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to Mrs. Lacey]

[Handwritten letter from O. Henry to Mrs. Lacey]

Date: May 1909
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Letter regarding raising capital for invention by Forney Lacey that would be placed on telephones to prevent the spread of disease.
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Letter from O. Henry to "Jeems"

Letter from O. Henry to "Jeems"

Date: 1907
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Description: Letter, manuscript, “Dear Jeems,” dated Thursday, 1907, New York, from O. Henry. Letter is facetious in spelling and content.
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