Saki


Born
in Akyab, Myanmar
December 18, 1870

Died
November 13, 1916

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Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, was born in Akyab, Burma (now known as Sittwe, Myanmar), was a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives. "The Open Window" may be his most famous, with a closing line ("Romance at short notice was her speciality") that has entered the lexicon. In addition to his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was the custom of the time, and then collected into several volumes) he also wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with ...more

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The Complete Saki

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The Collected Short Stories...

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The Open Window and Other S...

3.99 avg rating — 1,692 ratings — published 1914 — 10 editions
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The Best of Saki

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4.20 avg rating — 1,226 ratings — published 1916 — 22 editions
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The Chronicles of Clovis

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The Interlopers

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Beasts and Super-Beasts

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The Unbearable Bassington

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The Unrest-Cure and Other S...

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Sredni Vashtar

3.88 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 1911 — 4 editions
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“He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.”
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“The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.”
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“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.”
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