The Gift of the Magi (Little Clothbound Classics) (Hardcover)

The Gift of the Magi (Little Clothbound Classics) By O. Henry, Coralie Bickford-Smith (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By O. Henry, Coralie Bickford-Smith (Cover design or artwork by)
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Introducing Little Clothbound Classics: irresistible, mini editions of short stories, novellas and essays from the world's greatest writers, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith.

A Penguin Classic Hardcover

O. Henry is one of the most popular American writers of the twentieth century and a true master of the short story. This selection of tales ranges from Christmas in New York to the cattle-lands of Texas, taking in con men, clerks, shop assistants, tramps and tricksters. They all highlight O. Henry's comic eye, his gift for evoking speech and setting, and his unique approach to life's quirks of fate.

About the Author

O. Henry (1862-1910) had a short but colourful life. Born William Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina, he initially worked as a pharmacist before moving into journalism. In 1896 he was arrested for embezzling funds while working as a bookkeeper for a bank. In a moment of madness, he absconded on his way to the courthouse before his trial and fled to Honduras for six months. He returned to face trial after learning that his wife was dying of tuberculosis and served three years in jail. While in prison, he adopted the pen name O. Henry, and after his release he found great fame and popularity as a short story writer.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780241597019
ISBN-10: 0241597013
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Little Clothbound Classics