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Despite his rough life unconventional style and mixed thoughts and reviews OHenry is now considered one of the very best short story authors there everwereO Henrys life influenced his writings in many ways William Sydney Porter wasborn into a typical middle class family in 1862 He helped his uncle in apharmacy during his teen years until moving to Texas to help on a ranch Therein Texas he found his wife Athol Estes Later he found work as a bank tellerWhen money was repeatedly reported missing from the bank he was accused ofembezzlement Hearing this he fled to New York and became a reporter Thesejobs helped him to write about everyday people which is what he was Almosteveryone can relate to characters in his stories This is why his stories areso widely spread to a variety of people Not only did he write about himselfand the people in his life but he also wrote about his surroundings of theinner cities of New York and rural areas of Texas The moving around helped himnot to get fixed on writing about similar actions or events It kept the readerinterested because his stories were always different but they could alwaysrelate A fewmonths after he fled he had gotten word that his wife was seriously ill Herushed back to Austin After his wife had pasted away he was found guilty ofembezzlement and sentenced to five years in a federal penitentiary in OhioThere he was released after three years for his help in the penitentiaryspharmacy and his good behavior Being in jail for three years helped him turnhis life around and started his carrier as an author known by his pen name of OHenry For quite a few years O Henry led a happy life Then in his earlyforties despite the success of his stories and his second marriage he slippedinto alcoholism and depression In 1910 he died unhappy and poor with less thana dollar to his nameThe Legend of San
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