The Four Million is the second book written by O. Henry while he served time for embezzlement in a penitentiary in
The book is a series of short stories which take place in New York City in the early years of the 20th century and are representative of the surprise endings that popularized O. Henry’s work.
They also capture his use of coincidence or chance to create humor in the story. O Henry wrote about ordinary people in everyday circumstances.He is quoted as once saying, “There are stories in everything. I’ve got some of my best yarns from park benches, lampposts and newspaper stands.”