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by O. Henry

1905

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This week in class, we’re reading "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry.

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) was an American writer better known by his pen name, O. Henry. “After Twenty Years,” published in 1908, is one of his better known short stories that shows how complicated friendship can be. In the story, after twenty years of silence, a policeman meets an old friend who is a wanted criminal in Chicago. 

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Friendship & Family as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"What is a friend?"

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