• Cinq nouvelles qui se déroulent à New York. Chacune d'elles illustre la diversité du style de l'auteur et des thèmes qui lui sont chers tels que le pouvoir, l'argent, l'arnaque.

  • Comment se jouer du destin quand on est un personnage de nouvelle ?

  • L´Instant de la victoire de O. Henry Traduit de l´anglais (Etats-Unis) par Jean-Paul Gratias Editions Rivages Comme dans les deux précédents recueils de l'auteur, le lecteur croise de nombreux personnages aux aventures rocambolesques. Un homme, poursuivi

  • Le Langage des cactus de O. Henry Traduit de l´anglais (États-Unis) par Jean-Paul Gratias Editions Rivages « Le temps qui passe a ceci de remarquable qu´il est purement relatif. On accorde communément à l´homme qui se noie la faculté de voir défiler toute son existence. Il n´est donc pas inconcevable que l´on puisse se remémorer, le temps d´ôter une paire de gants, la cour assidue que l´on a faite à une femme. » Ainsi commence l´une des huit nouvelles de ce quatrième recueil de l´inimitable O. Henry, chantre de l´humour absurde, de la satire grinçante et des chutes inattendues. William Sydney Porter, né en Caroline du Nord en 1862, est d´abord chroniqueur et reporter. Après une brève incarcération, il s´installe à New York et prend le pseudonyme d´O. Henry. Le succès est immédiat. Prolifique, il publie plus de trois cents nouvelles en quinze ans. Il meurt d´alcoolisme à 48 ans. Depuis 1919, le O. Henry Award récompense la meilleure nouvelle.

  • Rieducazione con scasso è un racconto breve pubblicato per la prima volte sul giornale Cosmopolitan nel 1903. Describe il rientro in società del giovani rapinatore Jimmy Valentine. Nel 1910 il drammaturgo Paul Armstrong riadattò la storia in uno spettacolo teatrale di grande successo a Broadway, intitolato Aliam Jimmy Valentine, successivamente trasformato in 3 diversi film nel 1915, 1920 e 1928. Il protagonista è ispirato all'incidente descritto ne I Miserabili di Hugo. La storia fu inoltre adattata in una radio serie nel 1938.

  • In Memorie di un cane giallo, un cane di nome Lovely si sente male per il marito della sua padrone, perchè va a lavorare tutto il giorno mentre sua moglie sta a casa a fare nulla. Un giorno parla con un altro cane che gli dice che il suo padrone esce spesso per divertirsi. Anche Lovely vorrebbe che il suo padrone stia bene perciò lo conduce verso un bar. Dopo il bar, il padrone libera Lovely, ma lui rimane e fa capire al suo padrone che dovrebbe piuttosto liberare se stesso.

  • Sono qui presentati i due racconti: "Rieducazione con scasso" e "Memorie di un cane giallo". I racconti di O. Henry sono famosi per il loro finale a sorpresa e per il loro taglio umoristico. Fu soprannominato "La risposta americana a Guy de Maupassant". In Memorie di un cane giallo, un cane di nome Lovely si sente male per il marito della sua padrone, perchè va a lavorare tutto il giorno mentre sua moglie sta a casa a fare nulla. Un giorno parla con un altro cane che gli dice che il suo padrone esce spesso per divertirsi. Anche Lovely vorrebbe che il suo padrone stia bene perciò lo conduce verso un bar. Dopo il bar, il padrone libera Lovely, ma lui rimane e fa capire al suo padrone che dovrebbe piuttosto liberare se stesso. Rieducazione con scasso è un racconto breve pubblicato per la prima volte sul giornale Cosmopolitan nel 1903. Describe il rientro in società del giovani rapinatore Jimmy Valentine. Nel 1910 il drammaturgo Paul Armstrong riadattò la storia in uno spettacolo teatrale di grande successo a Broadway, intitolato Aliam Jimmy Valentine, successivamente trasformato in 3 diversi film nel 1915, 1920 e 1928. Il protagonista è ispirato all'incidente descritto ne I Miserabili di Hugo. La storia fu inoltre adattata in una radio serie nel 1938.

  • C'est la fin de l'automne et l'hiver se fait sentir. Soapy, un sans-abri parmi tant d'autres arrivés à New York au début du vingtième siècle, sait qu'il est temps pour lui de se trouver un abri pour les prochains mois. Après tant d'années dans la rue, il en est venu à considérer la prison locale comme étant un refuge. Il met donc en place une série de tactiques dans le but de se faire arrêter et incarcérer.

  • "The Gift of the Magi" is a short story about love, selflessness, sacrifices and struggles. Della and James are a young married couple who want to surprise each other with a secret gift for Christmas. It sounds however easier than it actually is because both of them have very little money.
    Will they manage to buy something in time and will it be appreciated? What is the most priceless thing they can get each other? What if they already have it but have not realized it?
    "The Gift of the Magi" is a vivid combination of comic irony and moral lesson. This story with a twist ending makes you laugh and at the same time think about really is important in life.

  • "Buried Treasure" is a story about rivalry and love, greed and trust, friends and enemies. Jim and Goodloe Banks fight for the love of May Mangum. Although they seem to be evil adversaries, they spend much of their time together trying to obtain even more details about her and her interests. Their plans however change when May disappears all of a sudden. Their love rival turns to a search mission.
    Is May the treasure they are not willing to let go? Will they unite in the name of the woman they love? Will they get the future they have longed for or they will be left with the bitter feeling of failure?

  • The swindler Jeff Peters is after his next victims in the small town Fisher Hill. He is left with only 5 dollars and instead of falling into despair, he finds a way to trick the whole town. Everything goes according to plan until mayor Banks finds out the truth. Jeff has to prove him wrong. What the swindler does not know is that one of his old acquaintances seems to have teamed up with the mayor.
    "Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet" is a typical short story with a twist which will keep you on the edge of your seat till the last page. Will Jeff's true identity be revealed? Can he become the victim of his own evil plan or he will find a way out of this mess?

  • "The Furnished Room" is a short story about love and dedication, about exhaustion and despair. A young man is in search for a girl he fell in love with. He rents a room near the theaters where she is to be seen and he devotes his days to the dream of finding her. When all of a sudden the sweet fragrance of her perfume fills his room ...
    Is he finally blessed with success? Or this is an evil ghost from the past? Will he get to embrace the girl he loves or she will drag him to the verge of sanity?

  • Is it possible to get away with a fraud or the lies will catch up on you eventually?
    Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker are two swindlers who want to make money the easy way. Peters however wants to give something back in return in order to calm his guilty conscience.
    Will they get caught after one of their "smart" plans to trick and rob a Pittsburg Millionaire? Will Peters find the truth about Tucker? O. Henry's "Conscience in Art" has the answers.

  • It is not very often that we get to read a story told by a dog. However O. Henry's "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog" gives us a peek through the dog Lovey's mind. Lovey feels a strong despise for his mistress - a fat lady who does nothing but eat and gossip. At the same time he is determined to save his owner who is constantly working and trying to provide for his unthankful wife.
    This comic tale about the love and loyalty between a pet and his owner is turned upside down. But this is exactly why O. Henry's stories with surprise endings are so popular and loved.

  • Do you believe that people can change? Can a bank robber marry the banker's daughter without having any hidden thoughts and intentions?
    "A Retrieved Reformation" tells the story of Jimmy, a formal prisoner, who decides to quit violating the law in the name of love. He takes up a new identity and starts a new life as an honorable man. However he is about to face a choice which can cost him his future.
    Will he sacrifice himself in order to save a child in danger or he will prefer to keep his old identity in secret?

  • A dog, named Lovey, tells us the story of his unpleasant mistress and dear owner. A couple in love struggle to find money for Christmas gifts for each other. Another married couple sacrifices their art and dreams in the name of love. A homeless guy tries badly to get himself into jail. Another poor man devotes his days to finding the girl he fell in love with at first sight.
    O. Henry's second collection of stories "The Four Million" gives us the possibility to immerse ourselves in these tales about love and sacrifices, struggles and appreciation. The plot twists will however make you doubt how the story will develop until you reach the very last page.

  • You lose something. And only then you appreciate it. John Perkins has a peaceful and lovely life with his wife Katy. They live in a seeming harmony. However things turn upside down when one evening John comes home only to find it empty. Why is Katy gone? What has happened? John realizes how many important things he has lost, the most important of all - his precious Katy. Only if she could come back. Everything would be different and John would value her so much more. But will he actually?
    "The Pendulum" swings back and forth. It is up to John to grab the moment and appreciate it. Because some things cannot be reversed and only the regret is left.

  • While some try to get out of prison, Soapy, the only character in O. Henry's short story, tries to get into it. Soapy is a homeless guy who prefers the warm cell to the cold night under the New York sky. He does everything he can think of in order to draw the attention of the police. However without any success. Until he hears a magical organ anthem.
    How will this story develop? Will Soapy manage to get into jail or he will find another way to sort out his life?
    "The Cop and the Anthem" is a comical short story with a touch of irony which emphatically presents the lower class and the obstacles man has to face.

  • Love, art, ambitions and sacrifices. O. Henry's "A Service of Love" tells the story of the artist Joe and the pianist Delia who fall in love with each other. They marry and although everything seem to go according to their plans and expectations, things start to fall apart.
    Can money separate people who love each other? Will they get out of the web of lies that they have self weaved? Will they stay together or the burden they have to carry is too heavy?



    William Sidney Porter (1862-1919), known simply as O. Henry, was a prolific American author of humorous literary pieces. His fame came exceptionally quickly and he became a bestselling author of short story collections, among the most famous being "Cabbages and Kings", "The Voice of the City", and "Strictly Business." As a result of the outstanding literature legacy that O. Henry left behind, there is an American annual award after his name, given to exceptional short stories.

  • "The Furnished Room" is a short story about love and dedication, about exhaustion and despair. A young man is searching for a girl he fell in love with. He rents a room near the theatre where she could sometimes be seen and he devotes his days to the dream of finding her. When all of a sudden the sweet fragrance of her perfume fills his room... Has he finally found her? Or is this an evil ghost from the past? Will he get to embrace the girl he loves or she will drag him to the verge of madness?

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    William Sidney Porter (1862-1919), known simply as O. Henry, was a prolific American author of humorous literary pieces. His fame came exceptionally quickly and he became a bestselling short story author. Among his most famous stories are the "Cabbages and Kings", "The Voice of the City", and "Strictly Business." As a result of the outstanding literature legacy O. Henry left behind, there is an annual American award named after him, which is granted to exceptional short stories.

  • Two friends make a pact: no matter what happens, they will meet at a certain place twenty years later. The years go by and it's time for them to reunite. While Bob is waiting for his friend Jimmy, a police officer shows up, wanting to know why Bob is standing there. Bob explains and the police officer goes away. However, shortly after another policer officer shows up. What do they want from Bob and will Jimmy show up? You will find out in O. Henry's "After Twenty Years".
    "Mammon and the Archer" tells us the story of the wealthy Anthony, who thinks he can achieve anything he can think of with money. At the same time his son Richard is in the midsts of a love crisis. His father tells him that he can win the girl's heart with money and status. But is that really true?

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    William Sidney Porter (1862-1919), known simply as O. Henry, was a prolific American author of humorous literary pieces. His fame came exceptionally quickly and he became a bestselling short story author. Among his most famous stories are the "Cabbages and Kings", "The Voice of the City", and "Strictly Business." As a result of the outstanding literature legacy O. Henry left behind, there is an annual American award named after him, which is granted to exceptional short stories.

  • B. J. Harrison Reads Christmas by Injunction Nouv.

    Cherokee is a wealthy man who, unlike many others, wants to share his fortune with the people of his town Yellowhammer. He wants to give away presents to the children there but there are no children in town. Will Cherokee be discouraged and let this unexpected difficulty stop him? Or he will find another way to help those in need? Find out in "Christmas by Injunction" by O. Henry.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    William Sidney Porter (1862-1919), known simply as O. Henry, was a prolific American author of humorous literary pieces. His fame came exceptionally quickly and he became a bestselling short story author. Among his most famous stories are the "Cabbages and Kings", "The Voice of the City", and "Strictly Business." As a result of the outstanding literature legacy O. Henry left behind, there is an annual American award named after him, which is granted to exceptional short stories.

  • B. J. Harrison Reads Thanksgiving in New York Nouv.

    It is Thanksgiving day. Stuffy Pete has just come out from an unexpected feast but he is now waiting for his companion, "The Old Gentleman". They only ever meet on this one day of the year, and although they do not know that much of each other, they always spend the holiday together. Stuffy Pete follows the tradition although he is so full that he cannot think of eating more food. The Old Gentleman shows up and they head out to a fancy restaurant for a delicious meal. When Stuffy Pete walks out of the restaurant, he collapses on the sidewalk. The same happens to the Old Gentleman. What happened to them and what is the reason for their fainting? Find out in "Thanksgiving in New York".

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    William Sidney Porter (1862-1919), known simply as O. Henry, was a prolific American author of humorous literary pieces. His fame came exceptionally quickly and he became a bestselling short story author. Among his most famous stories are the "Cabbages and Kings", "The Voice of the City", and "Strictly Business." As a result of the outstanding literature legacy O. Henry left behind, there is an annual American award named after him, which is granted to exceptional short stories.

  • "The Gift of the Magi" is a short story about love, selflessness, sacrifices and struggles. Della and James are a young married couple who want to surprise each other with a secret gift for Christmas. Unfortunately, neither of them has much money yet still they each hope they'll manage to buy something in time and that it will be appreciated.
    "The Last Leaf" tells us the story of poor Johnsy, who is so sick that her days are counted. She lives in an ivy-covered house and she is convinced that by the time the last ivy leaf will fall she die as well. Behrman, Johnsy's neighbor, who is also an artist, is determined to keep Johnsy's spirit up. How will he convince her to keep fighting for her life? Will she survive after all?

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    William Sidney Porter (1862-1919), known simply as O. Henry, was a prolific American author of humorous literary pieces. His fame came exceptionally quickly and he became a bestselling short story author. Among his most famous stories are the "Cabbages and Kings", "The Voice of the City", and "Strictly Business." As a result of the outstanding literature legacy O. Henry left behind, there is an annual American award named after him, which is granted to exceptional short stories.

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