For the ultimate lesson in gift giving, curl up in front of the fire with "The Gift of the Magi," O. Henry's transcendent and timeless short story that describes the challenges of a poor young New York City couple as they strive to give each other Christmas gifts despite their limited financial means.
Author O. Henry (pen name of William Sydney Porter), a New York transplant from Greensboro, North Carolina, is said to have written the tale at Pete’s Tavern, the Irving Place haunt still in operation in New York City's Gramercy neighborhood.
Originally published in 1905, "The Gift of the Magi" captivates readers with its blend of coincidence and surprise, hallmarks of O’Henry’s dry wit. This enduring story has been adapted into an opera, as well as otherwise referenced and incorporated into movies, television shows and songs both for children and for adults.
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