Springtime by O. Henry …. Story Explanation and Summary …
About the author .…. As a short story writer, O. Henry (1862-1910) towers over most other American writers. Some critics compare him with Guy de Maupassant of France. Both were highly prolific writers, immensely popular with their countless readers. Both of them wrote hundreds of very gripping stories with dramatic plots. Henry’s wit, characterization and plot twists were adored by his readers, but often derided by critics.
O. Henry’s stories generally have surprise endings catching the readers totally unawares. Compared to Guy de Maupassant, O. Henry’s stories are much more playful. Witty narration and abrupt turn of events are the hallmarks of his style.
Most of O. Henry’s stories are set in the early 20th century. Many are based on innocuous events in New York City and revolve around ordinary people — clerks, policemen, waitresses, etc.
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