The Gift of the Magi by Joel PriddyGift 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 wifes luxurious locks. While the wife sells her hair to the wigmaker in order to buy a chain suitable for her husbands 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.
The Gift of the Magi
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The classic holiday tale of love, devotion, and the art of giving—written by one of the world's best-known short-story authors—will delight those both new to and familiar with this timeless narrative. William Sydney Porter—later to be known as O. Henry—was born in North Carolina in Known for his surprise endings and ability to capture the hope and pathos of ordinary people, Henry is best remembered for his stories about New York City. The Gift of the Magi was written in , four years before his death.
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Sign up today The Gift of the Magi By O. Henry , Illustrated by Sonja Danowski. Overview Reviews Author Biography Overview Della and Jim love each other very much but have no money for getting Christmas gifts for one another. But when Della decides to make a great sacrifice that will give her enough money to buy the present Jim deserves, she soon discovers that that her selfless act may have been for naught.