The Gift of the Magi
Author: O. Henry
Publisher: The Floating Press
The Gift of the Magi is a treasured short story written by O. Henry. A young and very much in love couple can barely afford their one-room apartment, let alone the extra expense of getting Christmas presents for one another. But each is determined to show their love for the other in this traditional time of giving; each sells a thing they hold most dear in order to afford a present, with poignant and touching results that capture their love for one another.
The Gift of the Magi
Author: O. Henry
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
The Gift of the Magi
Author: O. Henry, William Sydney Porter
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
The Gift of the Magi And Other Short Stories O. Henry a.k.a William Sydney Porter "The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time. The plot and its "twist ending" are well-known, and the ending is generally considered an example of comic irony. It was allegedly written at Pete's Tavern on Irving Place in New York City. The story was initially published in The New York Sunday World under the title "Gifts of the Magi" on December 10, 1905. It was first published in book form in the O. Henry Anthology The Four Million in April 1906. Mr. James Dillingham Young ("Jim") and his wife, Della, are a couple living in a modest apartment. They have only two possessions between them in which they take pride: Della's beautiful long, flowing hair, almost touching to her knees, and Jim's shiny gold watch, which had belonged to his father and grandfather. On Christmas Eve, with only $1.87 in hand, and desperate to find a gift for Jim, Della sells her hair for $20 to a nearby hairdresser named Madame Sofronie, and eventually finds a platinum pocket watch fob chain for Jim's watch for $21. Satisfied with the perfect gift for Jim, Della runs home and begins to prepare pork chops for dinner.
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!
Sixteen captivating stories by one of America's most popular storytellers. Included are such classics as "The Gift of the Magi," "The Last Leaf," and "The Ransom of Red Chief." Publisher's Note.
Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Flensburg (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: American Short Fiction , language: English, abstract: "The Gift of the Magi" is one of O. Henry's most famous short stories. In this paper I will have a closer look at the short story “The Gift of the Magi“ by O. Henry. I will start by analyzing the major themes love, sacrifice and wisdom. Furthermore, I will also have a look at the ending of the story, which is an example of the so-called ‘O. Henry twist’. By analyzing these different aspects of the short story I will conclude with the meaning for the reader today and the question whether this short story is worth reading.
The Gift of the Magi
Author: Joel Priddy, O. Henry
Publisher: Harper Collins
"Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, originally published in 1906, has become one of the best known and most beloved of Chistmas tales. An exuberant couple urged on by their love, make great sacrifices in order to purchase the perfect Christmas gift for the other. The husband sells his gold watch in order to buy expensive combs for his wife's luxurious locks. While the wife sells her hair to the wigmaker in order to buy a chain suitable for her husband's handsome timepiece. When all is revealed on Christmas Eve, the sweet irony of their dual generosity leaves them, whether they know it or not, as the wisest of gift givers: "But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi." The artist Joel Priddy employs the same twists of reciprocity in his own work and is well suited to adapting and updating this classic for a modern audience.
Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. One of O. Henry's most-loved short stories, THE GIFT OF THE MAGI is perfect for the holiday season. In this heartwarming tale, a young couple of limited means contemplates buying Christmas gifts for each other, with unexpected results.
Good and Perfect Gifts
Author: Barry Moser
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Based on the classic story in which a husband and wife sacrifice treasured possessions in order to buy each other Christmas presents.
Four Classic Christmas Stories in One Volume! This book contains: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry The Heavenly Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Story of the Other Wise Man Where Love Is, God Is by Leo Tolstoy Each story explores the true meaning of Christmas and makes an excellent family read aloud. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes
The WISP series (short for Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) represents an ingenious marriage of two creative forces: the artistry of today's foremost children's book illustrators and the literary legacy of beloved authors of popular short works for adults. The resulting offspring of this union are captivating, full–color illustrated editions of timeless classics that readers will want to savor and collect. This WISP presents O. Henry's classic Christmas tale, The Gift of the Magi, along with The Purple Dress, a story about a young lady who makes a personal sacrifice for the sake of her friend's happiness at a holiday party. Bringing these stories to life are the wondrous illustrations of Chris Raschka, a highly acclaimed illustrator, whose delightful artwork perfectly matches the tale. GIFT OF THE MAGI is sure to attract readers familiar with O. Henry's timeless holiday tales, as well as introduce a new generation of readers to his charming work. These one–of–a–kind, attractively priced and invitingly formatted illustrated editions will make a great impulse buy, appealing to audiences of all ages.
The Gifts of the Magi
Author: Carolyn Vaughn, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
A wonderful Christmastime keepsake that explores the first Christmas gifts. This book tells the story of the Magi & their journey & explains the symbolism & the significance of their gifts.
With audio narration by James Earl Jones. "The tale is unfolded with such mastery, humor, and emotional force that we are entirely within its power.” – The New York Times Book Review. Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of this lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach hum with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle. This moving, lyrical tale, gloriously illustrated by P.J. Lynch, has been widely hailed as a true Christmas classic. This beautiful new edition includes a new note from the author.