Henry first published in The Cosmopolitan MagazineApril Indramatist Paul Armstrong adapted the story into a highly successful Broadway play under the title Alias Jimmy Valentine which ran performances at Wallack's Theatre in New York, and the play was subsequently made into three film versions: The popularity of the story as a motion picture added greatly to the author's vogue, though in the English, French, and Spanish versions O. Henry's name was not mentioned.
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He changed the spelling of his middle name to Sydney in His parents were Dr. William's parents had married on April 20, When William was three, his mother died after birthing her third child, and he and his father moved into the home of his paternal grandmother.
As a child, Porter was always reading, everything from classics to dime novels ; his favorite works were Lane 's translation of One Thousand and One Nights and Burton 's Anatomy of Melancholy.
He then enrolled at the Lindsey Street High School. His aunt continued to tutor him until he was Inhe started working in his uncle's drugstore in Greensboro, and on August 30,at the age of 19, Porter was licensed as a pharmacist.
At the drugstore, he also showed his natural artistic talents by sketching the townsfolk. Hall to Texas in Marchhoping that a change of air would help alleviate a persistent cough he had developed. He took up residence on the sheep ranch of Richard Hall, James' son, in La Salle County and helped out as a shepherd, ranch hand, cook, and baby-sitter.
While on the ranch, he learned bits of Spanish and German from the mix of immigrant ranch hands. He also spent time reading classic literature.
Porter's health did improve. He traveled with Richard to Austin, Texas inwhere he decided to remain and was welcomed into the home of Richard's friends, Joseph Harrell and his wife.
Porter resided with the Harrells for three years. He went to work briefly for the Morley Brothers Drug Company as a pharmacist.
He also began writing as a sideline and wrote many of his early stories in the Harrell house. As a young bachelor, Porter led an active social life in Austin.
He was known for his wit, story-telling and musical talents.
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