Question: English & Literature

Many of William Porter's (O. Henry) short stories involve giving up something or making a sacrifice (e.g.The Gift of the Magi). How might that have been associated with his own life or experiences?

In English & Literature | Asked by yorkieyork13
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O. Henry was in jail for embezzling. As I understand, he wrote many of his stories while in jail.  He had to sacrifice his integrity to have money- he had to sacrifice his time while doing time in jail.

quilter123 | 1659 days ago

O. Henry served time in jail for embezzling. There was speculation he was innocent. Certainly this would impact his writing.

carrie | 1656 days ago