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Guide to the Cataloged Collections in the Special Collections of the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University

Collection No. 4279.

William Sydney Porter Papers, 1905-1953.
12 items.

Greensboro (Guilford County), N.C.

A letter from O. Henry, Porter's pseudonym as a writer, to George Rathborne, explaining how the name "Rathborne" happened to be chosen by O. Henry for a character in a story; and letters addressed to Henry Wysham Lanier, secretary of Doubleday, Page & Co., on matters of publication, financial and business affairs, and the author's health. [In part published by Clarence Gohdes, "Some Letters by O. Henry," South Atlantic Quarterly, XXXIII (Jan., 1939), 31-39.] Also a report on reminiscences of Porter by a Mr. Saunders.

O. Henry Letters Available at Duke University