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About The Gift of the Magi By O. Henry
"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 Tavernon Irving Place in New York City.
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"an elegant edition with moody illustrations reminiscent of antique sepia photographs....touching account of young love at Christmas has an enduring appeal." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"German artist Sonja Danowski gives a faded, almost grubby-looking elegance to her artwork for O. Henry's 1906 tale of Yuletide sacrifice....Her sepia-toned illustrations set in the late 19th century suit the story exactly, evoking the poverty of the devoted young wife and .... In concert with the pictures, the arch tone and surprise ending of O. Henry's original story make for excellent delivery aloud to children age 8 and older."--"Wall Street Journal"""
"One of my favorite stories about love, sacrifice, and generosity is O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi." Beautifully illustrated by Sonja Danowski, this traditional story of giving a gift to your most precious loved one... [is] filled with important messages for any time of year." --Jenny Williams, geekdad.com
A heart-warming tale reminding us that love is more important than possessions.
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