The Gift of the Magi

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by O Henry
14 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Short Story

O Henry

O. Henry’s most famous and beloved story about a young couple trying to make ends meet around Christmas time. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 30, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.

O Henry (1862-1910), born William Sidney Porter, was an American author of over three hundred short stories, including the still-beloved classics "The Gift of the Magi," and "The Ransom of Red Chief." In story writing, he said, "the unusual is the ordinary rather than the unexpected."

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


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