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About the Author: Saki

Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, was born in Akyab, Burma (now known as Sittwe, Myanmar), was a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives. "The Open Window" may be his most famous, with a closing line ("Romance at short notice was her speciality") that has entered the lexicon. In addition to his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was the custom of the time, and then collected into several volumes) he also 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, an early alternate history. He was influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and Kipling, and himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward, and P. G. Wodehouse


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Paperback, Published in Oct 2008 by Thomas Press

ISBN10: 1443755656 | ISBN13: 9781443755658

Page count: 290

This vintage book contains Hector Hugh Munro s 1914 collection of short stories, "Beasts and Super-Beasts." One of Munro s most famous works, it was his last collection of stories before this death during the First World War. A fantastic anthology of masterful short stories, this volume is highly recommended for fans of the genre, and is not to be missed by collectors of Munro s wonderful work. The stories of this collection include: The She Wolf, Laura, The Boar-Pig, The Brogue, The Hen, The Open Window, The Treasure Ship, The Cobweb, The Lull, The Unkindest Blow, The Romancers, The Seventh Pullet, and many more. Hector Hugh Munro (1870 - 1916), widely known by his pseudonym, Saki, was a British writer who wrote humourous, witty, and often macabre stories that satirize Edwardian society. Many antiquarian texts such as this are increasingly hard to come by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author."

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