Writers

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Saki

1870-1916

Hector Hugh Munro (1870 – 1916), better known by the pen name Saki and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. Hector’s mother, Mary Frances Mercer, died when the child was two and his father, Charles, sent his three children to England where they were cared for by aunts. The grown Hector tried first to join his father in Burma, but after a bad bout of malaria, he returned to England in 1894. He decided to become a writer and, supported by family, money, spent six years writing The Rise of the Russian Empire (1900).

A breakthrough came when Munro was commissioned to write short parodies which he did undercover of ‘Saki’ and then in 1902 who was sent by the Morning Post to cover the war in the Balkans.Munro is considered by English teachers and scholars as a master of the short story, and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse.