In O. Henry's well-known short story "The Gift of the Magi," a woman sells her hair to buy her husband a watch chain, and her husband sells his watch to buy his wife hair combs. The story was first published in 1906. More » Art & Literature Literature

The main characters in "The Gift of the Magi" are Mr. James Dillingham Young, known as Jim, and his wife Della. The short story is one of O. Henry's most beloved and concerns an impoverished couple that each sacrifices t... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics

"The Gift of the Magi" is a Christmas story in which a couple sells what is dearest to them so they can buy each other presents, but they then find that the value of their gifts have been negated by their mutual sacrific... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics
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