LitReading - Classic Short Stories

After Twenty Years by O. Henry

Episode Summary

Twenty years after heading west to find his fortunes a man returns to meet a long lost friend.

Episode Notes

Writers are advised to write about what they know, which probably explains why O. Henry, who lived much of life in the western U.S. penned so many Old West tales.

This story is about two friends reuniting after twenty years apart. This tale, with a twist, illustrates yet another area in which O. Henry had some first-hand experience. Here is the short short story, After Twenty Years by O. Henry

William Sydney Porter, who is best known by his pen name, O. Henry was familiar with being arrested. He served 3 years in prison after his arrest and conviction for embezzling 853.08 from the first national bank of Austin Texas. This story was written for the New York World four years after his 1901 release.