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 ... 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.
  • ''You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.''
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. Clovis, in "The Match-Maker," The Chronicles of Clovis (1911).
  • ''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).
  • When people grow gradually rich their requirements and standard of living expand in proportion, while their present-giving instincts often remain in the undeveloped condition of their earlier days. So...
    [H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro] Saki (1870-1916), Scottish author. Eleanor, in "Fur," Beasts and Super-Beasts (1914).
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