One of the best-loved American writers was William Sydney Porter, or O. Henry.
From 1893 he lived with his family in a house in Austin, Texas, which is now a museum.
Visitors to Austin can see the house. It was saved from destruction and turned into a museum in 1934.
The museum is a good way to learn about the interesting life of the American writer.
William Porter rented this house in Austin and lived there with his wife Athol and daughter Margaret for about two years.
Many objects in the museum belonged to the Porters. Others did not. An important piece in the room is the original photograph over here. It was taken there in the house about 1895.
The piano there goes back to the 1860s. His wife took lessons on it when she first moved to Austin.
Porter did not start his career as a successful writer. He worked at a farm, land office and bank.
He also loved words and writing. The museum has a special proof of Porter’s love of language — his dictionary.
It is said that he had read every word in that dictionary.
Later William Porter was forced to leave Austin because he was charged with financial wrongdoing at the bank and lost his job.
Because he was afraid of a trail, he left the country secretly. But he returned because his wife was dying.
After her death, he faced the trial and became a criminal. He served several years in a prison in Ohio.
William Porter would keep his time in prison a secret. But there was one good thing about it. It provided him with time to write.
By the time he was freed, he had published 14 stories and became well known as O. Henry.
Porter later moved to New York City and found great success there. He published over 180 stories in the last eight years of his life.