Hector Hugh Munro

[Saki] (1870-1916 / Sittwe)

Hector Hugh Munro
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Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 13 November 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 satirised Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward, and P. G. Wodehouse.

Beside his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was customary at the time, and then collected into several volumes), he wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; ... more »

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  • ''The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.''
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. Beasts and Super-Beasts, "Fur." Pseudonym oh Hector Hugh Munro.
  • ''A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.''
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. "Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business," The Square Egg (1924).
  • ''Great Socialist statesmen aren't made, they're still-born.''
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. Courtenay Youghal, in The Unbearable Bassington, ch. 13 (1912).
  • ''Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older; they merely know more.''
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. "Hyacinth," The Toys of Peace (1919).
  • ''We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other wedded couples they sometimes live apart.''
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. Lady Caroline, in The Unbearable Bassington, ch. 13 (1912).
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