Gift Of The Magi by O  Henry

Gift Of The Magi

Written by O Henry
Illustrated by P. J. Lynch

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Gift Of The Magi by O Henry

Della has saved for months to buy the perfect gift for her beloved husband, Jim. But $1.87 is the miserable sum of her efforts, and it’s now Christmas Eve. There is only one thing left to do: sell her most treasured possession, her beautiful knee-length hair. But when Jim returns home he is aghast – his gift for her is the tortoiseshell combs she has coveted for so long! And to buy them he has sold his precious gold pocket-watch … for which Della has just sacrificed her hair to buy a perfect platinum chain!

About the Author

O  Henry

O. Henry was the pen-name of William Sydney Porter. He was born on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a child, he was always reading. He read everything from classics to dime novels. His favourite reading was One Thousand and One Nights.

In 1879, he started working as a bookkeeper in his uncle's drugstore and in 1881, at the age of nineteen, he was licensed as a pharmacist. At the drugstore, he also showed off his natural artistic talents by sketching the townsfolk.

Henry's most prolific writing period started in 1902, when he moved to New York City. While there, he wrote 381 short stories. He wrote a story a week for over a year for the New York World Sunday Magazine. His wit, characterization and plot twists were adored by his readers, but often panned by critics. He went on to gain international recognition and is credited with defining the short story as a literary art form.

O. Henry stories are famous for their surprise endings, to the point that such an ending is often referred to as an "O. Henry ending." His stories are also well known for their witty narration. Most of O. Henry's stories are set in his own time, the early years of the 20th century. Many take place in New York City and deal for the most part with ordinary people: clerks, policemen, and waitresses. The O. Henry Award is a prestigious annual prize given to outstanding short stories.

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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th October 2008




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