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The absolute best O. Henry stories of all time, ranked by the community's votes. This list has the most popular stories written by American writer O. Henry, and includes related images and first published information as well. O. Henry, the pen name of William Sydney Porter, was born in 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is widely known for his distinct short story style, including wordplay and twist endings. What are the best of O. Henry's stories?

This list features the absolute best O. Henry stories. The titles are listed based on the number of votes cast for each story, and your votes can affect the order as well! Included among O. Henry's best stories are" The Gift of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief," "Cabbages and Kings," "After Twenty Years," and "Whirligigs."

Cast your votes for the best O. Henry stories below and see where he ranks among the best short story writers of all time.
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145 37
The Gift of the Magi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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149 49
The last leaf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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93 34
After Twenty Years is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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73 27
The Ransom of Red Chief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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52 14
The Cop and the Anthem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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50 18
A Retrieved Reformation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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29 10
Roads of destiny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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32 14
Cabbages and kings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

9
16 2
Calloway's Code is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

10
32 15
The Skylight Room is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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20 6
The furnished room, and other ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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11 1
The Harbinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

13
21 8
trimmed lamp, and other storie... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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19 7
Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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14 3
A Cosmopolite in a Cafe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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13 3
Rolling stones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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11 2
Blind Man's Holiday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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14 5
The Princess and the Puma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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10 2
The Gentle Grafter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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8 1
Conscience in Art is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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10 3
Hikayeler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories
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11 4
The Third Ingredient is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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12 5
Man About Town is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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9 3
Heart of the West is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories

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11 5
The Rose of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best O. Henry Stories