The Four Million

The Four Million is the second published collection of short stories by O. Henry originally released on April 10, 1906, by McClure, Phillips & Co. in New York. There are twenty-five stories of various lengths including several of his best known works such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Cop and the Anthem". The book's title refers to the then population of New York City where many of the stories are set. O. Henry was responding to a newspaper editorial which opined that there were only four hundred people in New York City worth knowing.[1]

The Four Million
AuthorO. Henry
CountryUnited States
GenreFrame story, Short Stories
PublisherMcClure, Phillips & Co., New York
Publication date
April 10, 1906
Media typePrint (serial)
Preceded byCabbages and Kings 
Followed byRoads of Destiny 


  • "Tobin's Palm"
  • "The Gift of the Magi"
  • "A Cosmopolite in a Cafe"
  • "Between Rounds"
  • "The Skylight Room"
  • "A Service of Love"
  • "The Coming-Out of Maggie"
  • "Man About Town"
  • "The Cop and the Anthem"
  • "An Adjustment of Nature"
  • "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog"
  • "The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein"
  • "Mammon and the Archer"
  • "Springtime à la Carte"
  • "The Green Door"
  • "From the Cabby's Seat"
  • "An Unfinished Story"
  • "The Caliph, Cupid and the Clock"
  • "Sisters of the Golden Circle"
  • "The Romance of a Busy Broker"
  • "After Twenty Years"
  • "Lost on Dress Parade"
  • "By Courier"
  • "The Furnished Room"
  • "The Brief Debut of Tildy"
1963 Airmont illustrated paperback edition.

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  1. ^ A Study Guide for O. Henry's "After Twenty Years". Gale, Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-4103-3939-3.

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