Hector Hugh Munro

[Saki] (1870-1916 / Sittwe)

Biography of Hector Hugh Munro

Hector Hugh Munro poet

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; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; the episodic The Westminster Alice (a Parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland), and When William Came, subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns, a fantasy about a future German invasion of Britain.

Hector Hugh Munro's Works:

1899: "Dogged" (short story, appeared as written by H. H. M. in St. Paul's, 18 February)
1900: The Rise of the Russian Empire (history)
1902: "The Woman Who Never Should" (political sketch, in Westminster Gazette, 22 July)
1902: The Not So Stories (political sketches, in Westminster Annual)
1902: The Westminster Alice (political sketches, with F. Carruthers Gould)
1904: Reginald (short stories)
1910: Reginald in Russia (short stories)
1911: The Chronicles of Clovis (short stories)
1912: The Unbearable Bassington (novel)
1913: When William Came (novel)
1914: Beasts and Super-Beasts (short stories, including "The Lumber-Room")
1914: "The East Wing" (short story, in Lucas' Annual / Methuen's Annual)
1919: The Toys of Peace (short stories)
1924: The Square Egg and Other Sketches (short stories)
1924: "The Watched Pot" (play, with Charles Maude)
1926-1927: The Works of Saki (8 vols.)
1930: The Complete Short Stories of Saki
1933: The Complete Novels and Plays of Saki (includes The Westminster Alice)
1934: The Miracle-Merchant (in One-Act Plays for Stage and Study 8)
1950: The Best of Saki (ed. by Graham Greene)
1963: The Bodley Head Saki
1981: Saki (by A. J. Langguth, a biography that includes six uncollected stories)
1976: The Complete Saki
1976: Short Stories (ed. by John Letts)
1988: Saki: The Complete Saki, Penguin editions
1995: The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope, and Other Stories
2006: A Shot in the Dark (a compilation of 15 uncollected stories)
2010: Improper Stories, Daunt Books (18 short stories)

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