by O. Henry
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The Guilty Party
- O. Henry
William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), better known by his pen name, O. Henry, was an American writer. His short story, “The Guilty Party,” published in 1909, is a tragic story about a girl named Liz who is engaged to be married, overcome with jealousy, and then driven to violence.Pair "After Twenty Years" with "The Guilty Party" and ask students to compare these two texts by the same author. Do they share any similar themes, characters, styles, or literary devices? How would you describe O. Henry's voice, based on these two stories?