Thursday 24 July 2014

My List of Best Short Stories of O.Henry

O. Henry's short stories are one of my favourite reading material when I wish to relax and be entertained.
As in the case of other writers, some of his stories are superb, while others are mediocre.
I am giving a list of 18 short stories which are, according to me, his best ( though he has written over a hundred short stories). I am sure you will enjoyreading them, as I was :
1. Two Renegades
2. The Champion of the Weather
4. The Atavism of John Tom Little Bear
5.The Shamrock and the Palm
6. Law and Order
7. The Hiding of Black Bill
8. The Lonesome Road
9. The Ransom of Red Chief
10. The Buyer from Cactus City
11. New York by Camp Fire Light
12. Friends in San Rosario
13. The Hand that Riles the World
14. Jeff Peters as a Personal Magnet
15. The Whirligag of Life
16. A Departmental case
17. The Phonograph and the Graft
18. At Arms with Morpheus

All these stories are available online.


  1. Dear Sir,

    Please remove your gmail id given in contacts since you do not view it. I had sent email on it (with read receipt notification) but even after a week no read receipt? means you are not reading email?

    People waste time thinking you would reply and appreciate questions but if you can't reply what is the use.

    Sapna Sharma

    1. Sorry. I am looking for it now. I have 2 email ids, and usually i see my yahoomail id In future please send emails to that address

    2. Sapna, when I went to my gmail account I found that there were about 8000 emails there, which I had not seen. I told you, I had only been seeing my yahoomail account, mark_katju@ and I apologize to everyone who sent me emails on my gmail account. Please resend your email to my yahoomail account. In future I will daily see my gmail account also

    3. Dear Sir,

      I have sent my questions on your new id given above.

      Sorry I think my comment was very rude.

      Sapna Sharma

    4. "Read receipts" do not work everywhere as they do in corporate environments especially with web based email, if the recipient do not wish to load images embedded in the email.

  2. Sir,
    Loko bhinna ruchi hi but it is surprising The Last Leaf and The Gift of the Magi are not on your list.

    1. That's what I thought too: they are probably the most famous of his stories.

  3. sir,what are your views on caste,do the vedas recongnize caste,do we need anything like caste

  4. Sir,
    Gift of Magi is conspicuously missing

  5. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this post with us. It's really an amazing post. Keep posting the good work in future too.

    Supreme Court Advocate