A Text at Work: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”

A Text at Work: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”

Since this is the season for gifts and giving, our latest installment of a Text at Work is O. Henry’s famous holiday tale “The Gift of the Magi.” O. Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), a popular American short story writer. The prestigious O. Henry Award bears his name, and is granted every year for excellent short fiction.

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Sandro Botticelli, The Adoration of the Magi, 1475-6. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, [Public Domain] via Wikipedia Commons.

Paul Jaussen

Paul Jaussen

Paul Jaussen is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Lawrence Technological University and former member of the Books@Work team.