Elsie in New York and the Purple Dress

Version: Unabridged
Author: Henry O
Narrator: David Thorn , Susan McCarthy
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2006
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Two delightful tales by one of America’s favorite storytellers.
In “Elsie in New York,” Elsie is an innocent young woman who, upon the death of her father, must look for work to make a living. Her father expected her to trust to the goodheartedness of his previous employer, but Elsie prefers to make her own way in life. Although she visits an employment agency and applies for several positions, do-gooders interfere. Thinking they are saving her soul, in actuality they point her to her destruction.
In “The Purple Dress,” two young women clerks have been saving money all year to buy new dresses for the one gala of their year, the annual Thanksgiving dinner given by their employer. Both are hoping to catch the eye of one attractive gentleman bachelor at the party. But interactions with a landlady and a dressmaker intervene, and things turn out much differently than either girl could have imagined.

Reviews (1)

Yarns from the O'Henry Mold

Written by Albert from Annapolis, MD on November 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed these two short stories and recommend them.

Author Details

Author Details

, Henry O

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910)--better known as O. Henry--is one of the world's most widely published writers. A master of the short story, he is the author of more than six hundred tales that have been translated into nearly every language. He is best known for his stories about New York City, which include "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Purple Dress".