O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) is a great American writer of the 20th century. His stories are usually humorous with surprising endings. He was born in 1862 in Greensboro. The first wife Athol Estes died early. O. Henry spent several years in prison, where wrote his first story. In 1902 he moved to New-York and started writing for magazines. His first book was "Cabbages and Kings" published in 1904. Also famous O' Henry's storybooks: The Four Million (1906), The Trimmed Lamp (1907), The Voice of the City (1908) etc. "Whirligigs" is a collection of twenty four stories published in 1910. Irony and unpredictable plot of the stories captivate us from the first sentences. O. Henry's characters are ordinary American people, always described with humor. People all over the world enjoy his works. Read this collection of stories and you will certainly appreciate it.