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The Trimmed Lamp, and other Stories

O. Henry

Book Overview: 

The Trimmed Lamp follows The Four Million and provides another series of short stories that take place in New York City in the early years of the 20th century and are representative of the surprise endings that popularized O. Henry’s work. They also capture his use of coincidence or chance to create humor in the story. O Henry wrote about ordinary people in everyday circumstances. He is quoted as once saying, “There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Bless the day. President Roosevelt gives it to us. We hear some talk of the Puritans, but don't just remember who they were. Bet we can lick 'em, anyhow, if they try to land again. Plymouth Rocks? Well, that sounds more familiar. Lots of us have had to come down to hens since the Turkey Trust got its work in. But somebody in Washington is leaking out advance information to 'em about these Thanksgiving proclamations.

The big city east of the cranberry bogs has made Thanksgiving Day an institution. The last Thursday in November is the only day in the year on which it recognizes the part of America lying across the ferries. It is the one day that is purely American. Yes, a day of celebration, exclusively American.

And now for the story which is to prove to you that we have. . . Read More

Community Reviews

November 25, 2013 SJP Book Club Selection. We read and discussed O. Henry's characteristically ironic story, "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen." Although not as moving as his more famous "The Gift of the Magi," this story does address some thought-provoking themes about wealth and charity, holiday tra

Very clever stories, written with a real love of language.

I remember reading some O'Henry stories when I was a kid, because my grandfather really loved them. Back then, all I cared about was the plot twist at the end (which each story has). Now, as an adult, I can enjoy the journey on the way to the

They were ok

The stories were ok. A few I enjoyed reading. Some of them I've heard before like The Last Leaf. Some of the twists were surprising. Some were a little disappointing.

I didn't like these stories nearly as much as the ones in O. Henry's The Four Million. In O. Henry's style they have romance, twist endings, and humorous observations about human nature, but something made them less interesting than those in the other book. However, I liked a few stories: The Pendul

O.Henry was an American author who penned down several short stories which are notable for their surprise endings. I had been a fan of his works since my childhood and I desire to read all his stories. This is another of his collections which consists of many beautiful short stories. Some of which c

I wasn't quite sure how to rate this collection. Some of the stories were so wonderful that I wanted to immediately run out and tell everyone I knew to read them. But with others, I found myself skimming through them.

So five stars for some stories, less for others, which probably averages out to ab

So this started as a buddy read with my favorite non-crunchy pantsless bunch of lunatics......back in December. Whoops.

A few O. Henry stories go a long way. There are a few little gems in this collection, but for the most part, if you've read one of his stories, you've read them all. They all become

Love O Henry's use of language, wit & mostly fun twist endings. Some stories in this book were great, particularly loved The Trimmed Lamp & The Two Thanksgivings. Some others were enjoyable but not so good compared to the few stories at the beginning, and sometimes you would expect the ending, expec

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