There are stories in everything. I ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands. These are about chances and adventures.These are about swindlers and innocent people.And these deal with the inescapable reality of life.O. Henry s short stories captivate the reader with their witty narration of everyday issues and win hearts with their surprise endings after a series of sharp twists and turns. Mostly set in his own era, with characters inspired from his own life and experiences, the stories are stirred with realism. Selected Stories is a collection of short stories taken from each of his collections published across a decade. Almost a century after their publication, these continue to be loved and appreciated by the readers.