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First published in The Saturday Evening Post, "The Ransom of Red Chief" is a humorous short story written in 1910 by O. Henry. A pair of con men kidnap and attempt to ransom a prominent Alabama citizen’s son. Immediately they find themselves at the mercy of a particularly spoiled and clever boy who begins driving them mad. The ironic ending remains the story’s most enduring feature.

Public Domain (P)2019 Brook Forest Voices

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  • Teresa Clifford
  • 05-08-2019

I love this story!

It really shows the differences in children's vocabulary in literature today verses then. Great story! Energetic, funny, and written from the perspective of the criminal.

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