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by Winifred Phillips,O. Henry

  • ISBN: 0886468981
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  • Author: Winifred Phillips,O. Henry
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dh Audio (January 1, 1997)
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Published January 1997 by Dh Audio.

This summary of The Gift Of The Magi includes a complete plot overview – spoilers included! We’re considering expanding this synopsis into a full-length study guide to deepen your comprehension of the book and why it's important

This summary of The Gift Of The Magi includes a complete plot overview – spoilers included! We’re considering expanding this synopsis into a full-length study guide to deepen your comprehension of the book and why it's important.

As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation during the Christmas season. The plot and its "twist ending" are well-known, and the story and its lesson are sometimes subverted for the sake of irony or humor.

The Gift of the Magi (Hles By American Masters Series) by. O. Henry, Winifred Phillips (Narrator)

The Gift of the Magi (Hles By American Masters Series) by. Henry, Winifred Phillips (Narrator).

William Sidney Porter (O'Henry) was born in Greenboro, North Carolina. His father, Algernon Sidney Porter, was a physician. When William was three, his mother died, and he was raised by his paternal grandmother and a paternal aunt

William Sidney Porter (O'Henry) was born in Greenboro, North Carolina. When William was three, his mother died, and he was raised by his paternal grandmother and a paternal aunt. William was an avid reader, but at the age of fifteen he left the school, and then worked in a drug store and on a Texas ranch. He continued to Houston, where he had a number of jobs, including that of bank clerk.

The anthology series adapted classic works of American and world literature for the radio . Composer Winifred Phillips created over twenty-eight minutes of music for the program, and also performed as the featured actress MNinter. Winifred Phillips provides the spirited dramatic reading.

This traditional American holiday story tells of a young couple trying to make their way in life. The hair had been ruined by her love and her desire to give a special gift. Repairing the damage was a very big job. They struggle to find gifts for each other at Christmas time. What can they find to show their love for each other? Like other O. Henry stories, this one has a surprise ending. Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny round curls of hair that made her look wonderfully like a schoolboy.

Books, Literature, and Writing. Updated on November 29, 2015. Selfless love and generosity is the theme of this classic story with the O. Henry signature surprise ending or twist. Even if it is over a hundred years old, "The Gift of the Magi" has been revisited, retold, adapted into short films, repackaged into operas, musicals and parodies. The Gift of the Magi" embodies selfless love, generosity and sacrifice, which makes this short story an ever popular Christmas tale in this season of gift-giving.

O'Henry wrote colorful short stories with surprising and ironic twists. He wrote in a humorous style and, as in "The Gift of the Magi," often ironically used coincidences and surprise endings. Some of his best and least-known work is contained in Cabbages and Kings, a series of stories each of which explores some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town, while advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another

The anthology series adapted classic works of American and world literature for .

It is Christmas Eve and Della Dillingham Young only has $1.87 to buy her husband a present, so she sells something very special; but what gift is her husband planning for her? O. Henry (1862-1910) was born William Sydney Porter in North Carolina, USA. The Gift of the Magi is one of his most famous stories. His stories are part of a rich tradition of American short story writing.
Reviews about The Gift of the Magi (Hles by American Masters Series) (7):
IWAS
It is that time of year again to do mellow. Traditionally at Christmas I have posted a review of one of the children’s books in French that I once read to my kids in the days of yore. But I have run out of those books, and am not purchasing any more until the grandkids arrive… So, I recalled one from my own youth. Admittedly, I had never read this before, and only saw the movie, faithfully shown on TV at Christmas, but thanks to Kindle I was able to read it in much less time than watching the movie.

O. Henry was an American short story writer who lived from 1862 to 1910, and alas drank himself to death. This is his most popular story, and it has endlessly been produced, modified and even parodied. Mrs. James Dillingham Young, more commonly called Della, has scrimped and saved, and bargained hard with merchants, but only has a $1.87 to show for it, and she needs $21 to buy the watch chain for her husband’s most prized position: an inherited gold watch.. She decides to sell her most prized position, her luxuriant long hair, and secures 20 bucks. Meanwhile, her husband is on the same wavelength… and it does not require much imagination to guess the actions he undertakes to obtain a valued gift for his wife. Each sacrifices what is most precious to them for the other, negating the utility, but not the meaning of their sacrifice.

In the written version of the story, O. Henry provided the following anti-brand statement, long before brands became a dominant consideration: “properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation – as all good things should do.” A straightforward Christmas tale on that ever so elusive true meaning thereof: 4-stars.
Arashitilar
I honestly believe this to be one of the most perfect Christmas stories, as it encapsulates what Christmas should represent in terms of love, devotion, and sacrifice. This story, eloquently presented to us by O.Henry, is a simple parable about the meaning of looking inward and sacrificing for the sake of others. As such as it is about sacrifice, it is about devotion and putting another person before ourselves. In short, this is a story that we can all learn and take a lesson from, as it reminds us that sometimes happiness is found not in what we have in physical terms or form, but what we have in another person.

There is a little ironic moment that teaches us this point in the story. Yes, I think we can learn quite a bit about life from Della and Jim.
Hellstaff
I read The Gift of the Magi as a child, then adolescent, and adult. During three years while I lived in NYC, I went into Pete's Tavern and sat in the booth where O. Henry (William S Porter) wrote the short story, and just relaxed while my imagination ran wild.

One of the greatest short story writers ever, O. Henry knew how to write about ordinary people to make them seem extraordinary. In GIFT, we are not told this young, happy couple lives in a tenement building, we are shown it in details. I loved how Della has to hang out her long hair to get it dry.
A lesson about what true gift giving is all about. I've read this to my daughter and granddaughters, and we all believe this is one of the greatest tales ever written. Many struggle to exist in today's iffy economy, yet you can only hope a sense of humor remains and love deepens due to not spending a fortune on gifts, yet giving from the heart and being able to laugh no matter the outcome.

Although I believe everyone knows the end of this story, I won't insert a spoiler, but I will ask that you re-read this short, especially the ending line. A tragic mix up, so filled with beautiful sentiment, it will bring a tear to the eye while bringing a smile to your heart. Be as wise as a Magi
Blueshaper
Everyone should have a copy of this story. The great O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) had a soft spot for down-and-out folks, New Yorkers and ordinary folks. James Dillingham Young and his wife Della live in a tenement (we know this, because she talks of hanging her hair down to dry in the airshaft, a feature of tightly-packed tenements) and they are a young couple, struggling to survive in the city on small wages and thin prospects. The story is humorous, yet kind of tragic and there is the "O.Henry" surprise ending, of course. But I love the last sentence: "Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi." Somehow, it lifts the story past the anecdotal and makes it very meaningful. The story is frequently told or referred to, and it's good to have a copy. If you have kids around, you can read it to them--which is what my Dad did. He loved these stories, especially being from New York, and had a copy of "The Four Million" in our home library.
Heri
This is a beautiful book. I read the reviews for all of the "Gift of the Magi" offered on Amazon and had hesitations about buying this because someone said it was poorly illustrated. I disagree, I think the illustrations are beautiful and appropriate for the story. (I actually think the reviews for all the different offers got mixed in together because each different book I looked at had some of the same reviews as the others) Anyway, I bought two copies as gifts and I'm very pleased, it is "gift quality". I remember this story from high school a looong time ago and it still touches my heart like it did back then.
sobolica
NOT the O. Henry story; Della and Jim are siblings instead of a married couple. Why do people change wonderful stories? All they do is mess them up. If they want to tell a different story, maybe they should write their own. Not worth returning; it was only $1.60, but a HUGE disappointment.

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