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O. Henry

1862 - 1910

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William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer known primarily for his short stories, though he also wrote poetry and non-fiction. His works include "The Gift of the Magi", "The Duplicity of Hargraves", and "The Ransom of Red Chief", as well as the novel Cabbages and Kings. Porter's stories are known for their naturalist observations, witty narration, and surprise endings. Porter's legacy includes the O. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of O. Henry has received more than 3,657,441 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). O. Henry is the 342nd most popular writer (down from 289th in 2019), the 324th most popular biography from United States (down from 254th in 2019) and the 35th most popular American Writer.

O. Henry is most famous for his short stories.

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  • 67

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  • 5.93

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  • 4.48

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Among writers, O. Henry ranks 342 out of 5,755Before him are Napoleon Hill, Philip Roth, Czesław Miłosz, Sayyid Qutb, Appian, and Friedrich Schlegel. After him are Jorge Amado, Wilhelm Grimm, Johannes V. Jensen, Aulus Cornelius Celsus, Paul Éluard, and James Fenimore Cooper.

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Among people born in 1862, O. Henry ranks 8Before him are Claude Debussy, Maurice Maeterlinck, David Hilbert, Philipp Lenard, Arthur Schnitzler, and Gerhart Hauptmann. After him are William Henry Bragg, Allvar Gullstrand, Aristide Briand, Victoria of Baden, Pyotr Stolypin, and Niko Pirosmani. Among people deceased in 1910, O. Henry ranks 10Before him are Robert Koch, Henry Dunant, William James, Edward VII, Henri Rousseau, and Nadar. After him are Mily Balakirev, Marius Petipa, Luigi Lucheni, Léon Walras, Chulalongkorn, and Johann Gottfried Galle.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, O. Henry ranks 324 out of 18,182Before him are William Henry Harrison (1773), Jerry Brown (1938), Natalie Wood (1938), Barbara McClintock (1902), James Buchanan (1791), and Carl David Anderson (1905). After him are Barry Barish (1936), O. J. Simpson (1947), Anton LaVey (1930), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Clinton Davisson (1881), and Michael Porter (1947).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, O. Henry ranks 35Before him are Jack Kerouac (1922), Ezra Pound (1885), Arthur Miller (1915), Louise Glück (1943), Napoleon Hill (1883), and Philip Roth (1933). After him are James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Truman Capote (1924), Susan Sontag (1933), Henry James (1843), Dan Brown (1964), and Sylvia Plath (1932).