The Complete Short Stories

by Saki
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The Complete Short Stories

In these macabre, acid and very funny short stories, Saki drives a knife into the upper crust of English Edwardian life. Here we meet, in particular, two of his most brilliant creations, the self-possessed Clovis and the vain and supremely stylish Reginald. There is tea on the nlawn, the smell of gunshot, the tinkle of the caviar fork and, under it all, the half-seen, half-felt menace lying beneath the polished surface of society.

"Like Wilde and Wodehouse, Saki knew his way round the clubs and country houses of the upper classes, whose absurdities and hypocrisies he exposed with razor-toothed wit Patrick McGrath, Independent

Saki is perhaps the most graceful spokesman for England's 'Golden Afternoon' - the slow and peaceful years before the First World War. Although, like so many of his generation, he died tragically young, in action on the Western Front, his reputation as a writer continued to grow long after his death. The stories are humorous, satiric, supernatural, and macabre, highly individual, full of eccentric wit and unconventional situations. With his great gift as a social satirist of his contemporaryupper-class Edwardian world, Saki is one of the few undisputed English masters of the short story.

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About the Author

Saki was born Hector Hugh Munro on December 18, 1870, in Akyab, Burma. He was a witty British author who published under the pen name SAKI or H.H. Munro. The inspiration for the pen name "Saki" is unknown, it may be based upon a character in a poem or on a South American monkey. Given Munro's intellect, wit, and mischevious nature it's possible it was based on both simultaneously. As a writer, Munro (Saki) was a master of the short story form and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. E.F. Benson shares his sardonic style. He died in France during World War I, on November 13, 1916, by German sniper fire during the Battle of Ancre.

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