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The Gift of the Magi by O Henry is the most famous short story he has written This story like many of his other short stories was written while he was at the Ohio Penitentiary O Henry wrote in a manner that most readers were able to identify with the situations in the story The Gift of the Magi was no different as it showed what one couple does for love in the face of financial destitution O Henrys life influenced his stories William Sydney Porter better known to readers as O Henry was born on September 11 1862 in Greensboro North Carolina WS Porter 1 of 1 He was the son of Algernon and Mary Virginia Swaim Porter His father was a physician and his mother spent her time writing poems Unfortunately his mother died of tuberculosis when he was only three-years-old American Literature 1846 Upon his mothers death he was left to be raised by his grandmother and his Aunt Lina American Literature 1846 His aunt and his grandmother frequently read to him when he was a child Henry didnt have many friends as a child He spent most of his time at home Linder 1 of 1 O Henry loved to read and developed a lifelong love for literature Kirjasto 1 of 1 Henry was not like many other famous writers He left school at the age fifteen Kirjasto 1 of 1 He didnt attend college nor did he receive any other formal education The only education he got was from his Aunt Lina WS Porter 1 of 1 O Henry didnt established many long lasting relationships in his lifetime Henry got married in July of 1887 to Athol Estes He and Athol had one daughter together Margaret American Literature 1846 Athol became ill in 1897 and died a few months later WS Porter 1 of 1 He later remarried to his childhood friend Sarah Lindsay Coleman His marriage with Sarah
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