Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Gift of the Magi and O'Henry

Some of you have read The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry in class. Here is a link to a recording of the story so you can listen to it as you read. Scroll down until you see the audio player, click the arrow for Play, and then scroll back to the top of the story to read with the recording.

O. Henry was born William Sidney Porter in North Carolina in 1862. He moved to Austin when he was 22 years old. He lived here for 13 years--until he was accused (and later convicted) of embezzling funds from the First National Bank, where he had worked as a teller for three years. While he was in prison, he started using the name O'Henry for his writing. The house where he lived in Austin is now the O. Henry Museum at 409 E. Fifth Street.

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