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The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories By O. Henry The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories Here are sixteen of the best stories by one of America s most popular storytellers For nearly a century the work of O Henry has delighted readers with its humor irony and colorful real life setting

  • Title: The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories
  • Author: O. Henry
  • ISBN: 9780486270616
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories By O. Henry Here are sixteen of the best stories by one of America s most popular storytellers For nearly a century, the work of O Henry has delighted readers with its humor, irony and colorful, real life settings The writer s own life had than a touch of color and irony Born William Sidney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1862, he worked on a Texas ranch, then as a b Here are sixteen of the best stories by one of America s most popular storytellers For nearly a century, the work of O Henry has delighted readers with its humor, irony and colorful, real life settings The writer s own life had than a touch of color and irony Born William Sidney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1862, he worked on a Texas ranch, then as a bank teller in Austin, then as a reporter for the Houston Post Adversity struck, however, when he was indicted for embezzlement of bank funds Porter fled to New Orleans, then to Honduras before he was tried, convicted and imprisoned for the crime in 1898 In prison he began writing stories of Central America and the American Southwest that soon became popular with magazine readers After his release Porter moved to New York City, where he continued writing stories under the pen name O.HenryThough his work earned him an avid readership, O Henry died in poverty and oblivion scarcely eight years after his arrival in New York But in the treasury of stories he left behind are such classics of the genre as The Gift of the Magi, The Last Leaf, The Ransom of Red Chief, The Voice of the City and The Cop and the Anthem all included in this choice selection A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
    The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories By O. Henry

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    1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ on said:

      This is a collection of 16 short stories by O Henry, a master of the story with the twist ending These stories were written in the early 1900 s, so you can find them all free online with a little searching Many of these stories are set in New York City, and it was fun to get a glimpse of New York society a hundred years ago from someone who lived there O Henry generally writes light fiction, sometimes sentimental, usually with well drawn, appealing characters, and typically with a surprise endin [...]

    2. Carmen on said:

      Hospitality in the prairie country is not limited Even if your enemy pass your way you must feed him before you shoot him You must empty your larder into him before you empty your lead The Passing of Black Eagle I picked this version of the book as my front because this was the version of the book that the Pantsless Group was reading, but this isn t the TRUE book I read.The true book is the 1962 copy of O Henry that my mother owned It contains 35 O Henry stories and is an excellent book.O Henry [...]

    3. Ɗắɳ2.☊ on said:

      If you re looking for some light reading to boost your holiday spirits, you may want to consider this short story collection by O Henry Many of the stories are set in New York City, around the turn of the 20th Century The remarkable diversity of O Henry s writing style is what stood out for me He was truly a gifted storyteller with a knack for the twist ending After a while you do begin to see the pattern and anticipate the twist, but the tales are short enough that it s not much of an issue Thi [...]

    4. Jason Koivu on said:

      I spent a month in Austin in 2016 It was good Thanks for asking While there my wife and I visited the William Sidney Porter House museum in the downtown area just one block south of the super busy party central 6th St Kind of odd to come across this little, old house in the middle of bustling downtown Austin William Sidney Porter is the real name of O Henry, who lived only briefly in Austin before moving on to Houston Nonetheless, it was cool to go into the house and see the old place, as well a [...]

    5. Alissa Patrick on said:

      Now THIS I can get behind Gift of the Magi sad but also charming and hit me right in the feels Ransom of Red Chief this was hilarious Absolutely loved this story.

    6. Ginger on said:

      Smooth Classics buddy read sans the pantaloons The Gift of the Magi was the only short story I was familiar with I saw the play put on by the high school in Emmitt Idaho Not to imply that a certain celebrity that I have recently found out was from the a area cough AaronPaul cough may or may not have been in it.Well a girl can dream about a forgotten possible meeting with someone now famous Leave me alone.Anyway I remember the play being interesting than the short story A few of the other storie [...]

    7. Christopher on said:

      O Henry s short stories are known for their frequent surprise endings If you enjoy that sort of thing, this collection is for you If you are looking for amazing prose, this probably isn t for you If you re looking for deep and developed characters, I seriously wonder if you know what short stories are as a concept For the most part, these deliver on the premise of a story situation is presented and then something unexpected happens or is revealed The Ransom of Red Chief is a highlight, and if yo [...]

    8. John Yelverton on said:

      This is one of the most touching stories that you will ever read.

    9. Haley on said:

      During the reading this week, I felt that I was really able to see O Henry s personality in the stories One of my favorite parts was the beginning of Springtime a la Carte on page 10 It was a day in March.Never, never begin a story this way when you write one No opening could possibly be worse It is unimaginative, flat, dry and likely to consist of mere wind But in this instance it is allowable For the following paragraph, which should have inaugurated the narrative, is too wildly extravagant an [...]

    10. Heather on said:

      O Henry is the master of plot twists, but that loses it s impact somewhat when reading these stories back to back O Henry is best read in small doses, as he doubtless intended by writing such short works.

    11. Cassidy Shea on said:

      Suppose you should be walking down Broadway after dinner, with ten minutes allotted to the consummation of your cigar while you are choosing between a diverting tragedy and something serious in the way of vaudeville Suddenly a hand is laid upon your arm You turn to look into the thrilling eyes of a beautiful woman, wonderful in diamonds and Russian sables She thrusts hurriedly into your hand an extremely hot buttered roll, flashes out a tiny pair of scissors, snips off the second button of your [...]

    12. Abbey on said:

      BOTTOM LINE smooth, old fashioned, twisty stories, often with a nice little punch at the end A truly classic writer translation not just an old fashioned one too many folks use classic to mean simply old , IMO Excellent compendium of stories by the fabled writer, still interesting even if most of the twists seem terribly old fashioned now A classic author who is still deservedly, in my opinion often read in schools, his style is very slow and thoughful when compared with current s, but it s wort [...]

    13. Book Concierge on said:

      O Henry was a master of the short story format, and it s a pity that he s not regularly taught in high school any longer This is the classic Christmas tale of sacrifice, love and giving The date read here refers to when our book club discussed it but I first read in the early 1960s and have read it several times since.

    14. Martha on said:

      I had read several of these stories in my youth As with all story collections, some are better than others Having raised an extreme ADHD child, I loved Ransom of Red Chief most of all It is hilarious I did enjoy this collection very much.

    15. Donna on said:

      Just finished reading THE GIFT OF THE MAGI and THE LAST LEAF by O HENRY.I read these from the kindle version of THE GIFT OF THE MAGI AND OTHER SHORT STORIES while listening to the audible versions narrated by B.J HARRISON In THE GIFT OF THE MAGI a poor young couple demonstrates the meaning of love and self sacrifice At the end of the story Della cuts and sells her hair to buy Jim a chain for his watch, and Jim sells his watch to buy Della combs for her hair Very ironic ending In THE LAST LEAF a [...]

    16. Donna on said:

      Just finished reading THE GIFT OF THE MAGI and THE LAST LEAF by O HENRY.I read these from the kindle version of THE GIFT OF THE MAGI AND OTHER SHORT STORIES while listening to the audible versions narrated by B.J HARRISON In THE GIFT OF THE MAGI a poor young couple demonstrates the meaning of love and self sacrifice At the end of the story Della cuts and sells her hair to buy Jim a chain for his watch, and Jim sells his watch to buy Della combs for her hair Very ironic ending In THE LAST LEAF a [...]

    17. Matthew on said:

      So this is a collection of classic American stories, written over 100 years ago They are very aged It is often difficult to read and contains odd portrayals and other issues For a book under 100 pages long, it took a lot of time to read But I still enjoyed it I think it would be great if someone made the effort to update translate all these stories I think children should be reading this in school with their teacher guiding and helping They re ironic and funny stories Almost all of them involve [...]

    18. Jennifer on said:

      While watching a TV drama with my daughter, she told me that is has an O Henry ending It s a twist you don t see coming Her comment prompted to me read this collection of short stories I really enjoyed each one They re easy to read in a few minutes but made me think for days afterwards I can confidently say that this is one of the best books I read in 2017, and I recommend it for readers who appreciate thoughtful stories with plot twists or interesting ending and mild moral lessons.

    19. Kristen Coffin on said:

      Every city has a voice from The Voice of the City Amazing short story collection Lots of different plots and characters Easy to read Great for a summer day at the beach.

    20. Letitia on said:

      O Henry has made a name for himself by serving up hundreds of these literary bonbons delicious, addictive, cutesy little hits of stories, the kind you have devoured by the dozens in your youth, but that go down a tad corny for adult readers Enjoyable, but not necessarily admirable.The Gift of the Magi 3.5 starsTouching story, but seems to be geared towards children, as the narrator sounds a little pompous and patronising.The Cop and the Anthem 4 starsI m beginning to realise that what makes O He [...]

    21. Angela on said:

      The Gift of the Magi the first story in the book, and the one I am most familiar with It still makes me tear up The Cop and the Anthem I had not read this story before It was a cute story about perseverance Springtime a la Carte another story I had not read before What an enjoyable little love story The Green Door all about what we expect to see and a little bit of fate After Twenty Years an interesting reunion story Funny where life takes you.The Furnished Room a little sad Almost a ghost story [...]

    22. Amy on said:

      I enjoyed reading some of the lesser known ironic stories of O Henry in this book My very favorite lesser known story in this book is The Green Door in which a man receives a mysterious business card which simply says The Green Door The man is intrigued because he finds that everyone else has been handed a business card for a dentist office rather than for the green door So, of course, he has to go in search of this mysterious green door I love the course of the story I don t understand why this [...]

    23. Nely on said:

      This book is my first introduction to O.Henry and his mischievous twists of fate to all his story endings I was forewarned about these twists and tried to guess throughout all the stories but I was always surprised I found this quite delightful This book is a compilation of his short stories written between 1906 1911 including The Gift of the Magi The Cop and the Anthem Springtime a la Carte The Green Door After Twenty Years The Furnished Room The Pimienta Packages The Last Leaf The Voice of the [...]

    24. Jason Daly on said:

      The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories is a compelling book consisting of ten short stories that all come together to symbolize life and all the wonders that come with it Although the stories all have different plots and settings, the characters are all relatable and despite unique events portrayed in each story, it almost seems as if all the stories somehow connect to each other Among these short stories are tales of a poor couple that will do anything to purchase elegant gifts fr their s [...]

    25. Jerzy on said:

      They weren t yells, or howls, or shouts, or whoops, or yawps, such as you d expect from a manly set of vocal organs they were simply indecent, terrifying, humiliating screams, such as women emit when they see ghosts or caterpillars It s an awful thing to hear a strong, desperate, fat man scream incontinently in a cave at daybreak Short stories, fun to read, with clever twist endings But, as in the quote above, you wade through plenty of over the top colorful ponderous language, though it s often [...]

    26. Mikyla Reeck on said:

      Personal ResponseI think the the short story The Gift of the Magi is pretty good story It teaches you that in life doing things for other people is good Sacrificing things you have to get something else You may not always get what you want but you can get stuff for others and they might do the same in return.SummaryIn this short story a woman named Della wanted to get a watch for her friend for Christmas She counted her money but didn t have enough She had to figure something out to get enough m [...]

    27. Ashley Snarr on said:

      What I loved about these short stories is how they help you look back and ponder on your life experiences and how you treated people I had heard the gift of the magi before, and I remember the first time I heard it I was frustrated because neither one really got a useful gift Then I read it the second time and I realized the moral behind the story, and how it is showing true love for a person, not just gift giving It made me ponder on what I have always viewed Christmas time as, and if I pay att [...]

    28. Bonnie Stohel on said:

      Did anyone else know that O Henry first of all, did anyone know that that wasn t actually his name wrote so many short stories I was looking up a little bit about his life and at one point when he was living in New York he wrote over 300 in a short period of time Dang the guy was prolific Gift of the Magi I have always had a love hate relationship with, but some of these other stories are phenomenal The Last Leaf has always made me cry and the Ransom of Red Chief has always made me laugh Then th [...]

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