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O. Henry’s A Service Of Love

The Story

Alan Maitland, the voice of Front Porch Al, reads A Service of Love, by O. Henry.  "When one loves one's art, no service seems too hard" is the happy viewpoint of art student Joe and music student Delia.  But in true O. Henry fashion, the two learn the truth about love, life and sacrifice.

Medium: Radio
Program: Front Porch Al
Broadcast Date: Nov. 5, 1993
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 12:50

Did You know?

• O. Henry is the pen name of William Sydney Porter, born Sept. 11, 1862.  He moved to Austin, Texas, where he eventually worked at the First National Bank.  He was indicted in 1896 for embezzlement, and he served three years in prison.  He wrote stories from the prison hospital where he worked, and by the time he was freed had assumed the pseudonym O. Henry.  He moved to New York, and was commissioned to write a story a week for the New York World between December 1903 and January 1906.  He died June 5, 1910.

• In 1906, his book The Four Million was published.  It included A Service of Love, as well as his Christmas story The Gift of the Magi.

• Because so many of his stories use a suprise or twist ending, the expression "O. Henry ending" has become understood a literary technique.  A Service of Love is one example of his stories which employs a twist in the plot.



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