the short story project

The Gift of the Magi

Yoav Rosen On:

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

How much can erupt out of so little? How much abundance may burst out of a small piece of text, describing a snippet of life? The classic short story, at its best, showcases what might happen in a single segment, at a certain interval.

Right before Christmas Eve, Della and Jim, a young couple who live in happiness and in poor, wish to make each other happy with a gift for the holidays. Well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the wise used to say; and in this small, humane, moving story by O. Henry – one of the masters who shaped the genre of the modern short story – everything begins with simply one Dollar and eighty-seven cents.

What could be the wingspan of a short tale? Perhaps love; missed opportunity; then, love. The road to the short story goes through O. Henry.