Monday, September 11, 2017
9/11/1862 O. Henry is sweet
But he is remembered today as one of America's greatest short story artists, under the name O. Henry. His "Gift of the Magi" will apparently live forever. But in our field he is revered for creating the legendary safe cracker Jimmy Valentine, who only appeared in one story, "A Retrieved Reformation," as well as the much-copied "Ransom of Red Chief."
"The Caballero's Way," featured the Cisco Kid, but he was anything but the brave Mexican hero of TV and the movies. Instead this Cisco was a vicious American outlaw.
Oh, and Henry coined the phrase "banana republic," when he was in Honduras, hiding out from the bank charges. Quite a full life.