The Unprofitable Servant


Unfinished short story set in New York.

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18, 721-864, 21-120 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

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Henry, O., 1862-1910 December 1911.


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Unfinished short story set in New York.

Physical Description

18, 721-864, 21-120 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.


"Editor's Note: This is an unfinished story. It was written in the fall of 1908, and was delivered to us at that time in this incomplete state. Mr. Porter promised to finish it speedily. But he was already ill, and his long, pathetic struggle to write in spite of sickness and mental weariness had begun. Mr. Porter had told us but little about the ending he purposed for the story...We should like to have our readers guess how he meant to end the plot."


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  • Everybody's Magazine 25.6 (Dec. 1911): 787-95.


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O. Henry Project

Written under the pseudonym O. Henry, the stories of William Sydney Porter are available as they first appeared in the popular magazines of the day.

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  • December 1911

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  • Jan. 8, 2011, 2:31 p.m.

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Henry, O., 1862-1910. The Unprofitable Servant, prose (fiction), December 1911; New York. ( accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.