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"Mr. Langguth has surmounted the problem that confronts any biographer of a writer like Saki. Without appearing to compete with his subject, he writes cleverly enough to hold his own against copious quotation from that witty subject's work." The Atlantic Monthly

"Mr. Langguth, the author of Hidden Terrors, Macumba and Jesus Christs, is superb at stitching Saki's witticisms
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Oxford University Press (first published 1981)
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George K. Ilsley
A biography of H.H. Munro, better known by his pen-name Saki, which includes six short stories which have not been previously published. The details of Saki's life are sketchy in places, and murky in others. One can try to fill in details from elements of his fiction or journalism, but this practice may not help. This volume quotes widely from Saki's work; and makes one rather wish to just be reading the original material. Langguth's conclusions about the novel "The Unbearable Bassington" did no ...more
Annette
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I read this biography for views into Saki's childhood. What becomes of a child who lives off of fantasy and rejection from family, sees aunts like a cup of chocolate a variety of distinct ill humors that he recreated in stories. He was a bit like the Bronte sisters and brother in the book The Bronte Cabinet. Everyone has a cabinet except me. ...more
Fishface
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really good read. The author spends a little too much time explicating Saki's stories and relating them to his life. But he does a good job of outlining the great one's shaping influences and the painful ironies of his life, ironies could have come from his own short stories. The 6 newly-gathered stories of his at the end, none of which I had heard of before, made my whole weekend. ...more
Mina
Oct 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
somehow boring! but i need to read it.
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/137217.html[return][return]H.H. Munro was born in 1870 and killed in the first world war in 1916. It ...more
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A.J. "Jack" Langguth was a Professor at the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California and an American author and journalist. In addition to his non-fiction work, he is the author of several dark, satirical novels. A graduate of Harvard College, Langguth was South East Asian correspondent and Saigon bureau chief for "The New York Times" during the Vietnam war. He was awarded a J ...more

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