The Trimmed Lamp: and other Stories of the Four Million

O. HENRY (1862 - 1910)

Born in 1862 and died in 1910, O. Henry’s birth name is William Sydney Porter; however, he adopted the pen name O. Henry while in prison. He published 10 collections and over 600 short stories during his lifetime.

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.”

I hope you enjoy the following readings as much as I enjoyed recording them.

(Summary by Marian Brown)

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Trimmed Lamp, The Marian Brown
00:27:07
Play 02 A Madison Square Arabian Night Marian Brown
00:15:58
Play 03 The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball Marian Brown
00:14:20
Play 04 The Pendulum Marian Brown
00:11:57
Play 05 Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen Marian Brown
00:12:50
Play 06 The Assessor of Success Marian Brown
00:14:41
Play 07 The Buyer from Cactus City Marian Brown
00:14:05
Play 08 The Badge of Policeman O'Roon Marian Brown
00:12:02
Play 09 Brickdust Row Marian Brown
00:18:09
Play 10 The Making of a New Yorker Marian Brown
00:12:51
Play 11 Vanity and Some Sables Marian Brown
00:13:37
Play 12 The Social Triangle Marian Brown
00:12:27
Play 13 The Purple Dress Marian Brown
00:11:54
Play 14 The Foreign Policy of Company 99 Marian Brown
00:14:00
Play 15 The Lost Blend Marian Brown
00:12:06
Play 16 A Harlem Tragdey Marian Brown
00:13:15
Play 17 The Guilty Party - An East Side Tragedy Marian Brown
00:14:29
Play 18 According to Their Lights Marian Brown
00:13:09
Play 19 A Midsummer Knight's Dream Marian Brown
00:10:56
Play 20 The Last Leaf Marian Brown
00:14:00
Play 21 The Count and the Wedding Guest Marian Brown
00:13:47
Play 22 The County of Elusion Marian Brown
00:19:11
Play 23 The Ferry of Unfulfillment Marian Brown
00:09:15
Play 24 The Tale of a Tainted Tenner Marian Brown
00:12:41
Play 25 Elsie in New York Marian Brown
00:16:04