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Strictly  Business 

More  Stories  of  the  Four  Million 


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Strictly  Business:  Mare  Stories  of  the  Four  Million 

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0.  Henry  is  the  pen  name  of  American  writer  William  Sydney  Porter  (1862-1910). 

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His  short  stories  are  known  for  their  wit,  wordplay,  characterization  and  the  clever 

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use  of  twist  endings.  Indeed,  0.  Henry  is  often  credited  with  defining  the  short  story 

as  a  literary  art  form.  Strictly  Business:  More  Stories  of  the  Four  Million,  is  a 

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collection  of  twenty-three  short  stories  that  was  first  published  in  1908.  The  setting  is 

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New  York  City  in  the  first  decade  of  the  1900’s  (the  Four  Million  in  the  subtitle  is  a 

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reference  to  the  population  of  the  city  at  that  time  as  well  as  to  the  title  of  an  earlier 

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collection  of  his  short  stories).  You  will  meet  a  wide  variety  of  characters  from  all 

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walks  of  life  who  are  trying  to  make  a  living  via  honest  (and  sometimes  dishonest) 

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means.  Personal  interactions  and  business  transactions  abound,  but  sometimes 

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there  is  a  twist.  But  don’t  take  it  personally  if  you  get  fooled,  after  all  it  is  Strictly 

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Business. 

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This  LibriVox  recording  is  in  the  public  domain  and  may  be  reproduced,  distributed  or  modified  without 

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permission.  The  LibriVox  objective  is  to  make  all  books  in  the  public  domain  available,  for  free,  in 

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audioformat  on  the  Internet.  For  more  information  or  to  volunteer,  please  visit  librivox.org. 

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Cover  image:  Manhattan  Bridge,  New  York  Skyline  Photographed  by  Irving  Underhill,  1919. 

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Cover  designed  by  Availle.  This  design  is  in  the  public  domain.