Saki (Hector Munro)
A Bread and Butter Miss
The Achievement of the Cat
A Defensive Diamond
A Holiday Task
A Matter of Sentiment
A Touch of Realism
Bertie's Christmas Eve
Birds on the Western Front
The Blood-Feud of Toad-Water
Clovis on Parental Responsibilities
Clovis on the Alleged Romance of Business
Cross Currents
The Cupboard of the Yesterdays
Down Pens
Excepting Mrs Pentherby
Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped
For the Duration of the War
Fudkin of the Parcels
Hermann the Irascible-A story of the Great Weep
The Innocence of Reginald
Ministers of Grace
Mrs Packletide's Tiger
On Approval
The Peace of Mowsle Barton
The Purple of the Balkan kings
Quail Seed
Reginald at the Carlton
Reginald at the Theatre
Reginald in Russia
Reginald on Besetting Sins
Reginald on Christmas Presents
Reginald on House-Parties
Reginald on Tariffs
Reginald on the Academy
Reginald on Worries
Reginald's Choir Treat
Reginald's Christmas Revel
Reginald's Drama
Reginald's Peace Poem
Reginald's Rubaiyat
The Reticence of Lady Anne
The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope
The Sex That Doesn't Shop
Shock Tactics
The Stampeding of Lady Bastable
The Talking-Out of Tarrington
The Background
The Bag
The Baker's Dozen
The Blind Spot
The Boar-Pig
The Brogue
The Bull
The Byzantine Omelette
The Chaplet
The Chronicles of Clovis
The Comments of Moung Ka
The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh
The Dreamer
The Elk
The Feast of Nemesis
The Forbidden Buzzards
The Gala Programme
The Guests
The Hedgehog
The Hen
The Image of the Lost Soul
The Infernal Parliament
The Interlopers
The Lost Sanjak
The Mappined Life
The Match-Maker
The Mouse
The Name-Day
The Occasional Garden
The Old Town of Pskoff
The Oversight
The Peace Offering
The Penance
The Phantom Luncheon
The Philanthropist and the Happy Cat
The Quest
The Quince Tree
The Recessional
The Romancers
The Saint and the Goblin
The Seven Cream Jugs
The Seventh Pullet
The Sheep
The Soul of Laploshka
The Square Egg
The Stake
The Story of St Vespaluus
The Story-Teller
The Strategist
The Threat
The Toys of Peace
The Unkindest Blow
The Way to the Dairy
The Wolves of Cernogratz
The Yarkand Manner
A Young Turkish Catastrophe
Saki was the pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro. He was born in Burma in 1870, the youngest of three children. His mother died when he was an infant, so he, his brother and sister were raised in Devon by two aunts, most of whose deeply unpleasant characteristics appear in the stories. When he was twenty-three, he joined the military police in Burma (cf George Orwell a generation later), following the military traditions of his family. However, recurrent attacks of malaria enforced his resignation a year later, and, after recuperating in England, he joined the Westminster Gazette in 1896 as a political sketch writer. (These satires were later published as The Westminster Alice and The Not So Stories.)

A serious historical work, The Rise of the Russian Empire, was published in 1900. Munro became Balkan correspondent of the Tory Morning Post in 1902, and between then and 1908 be covered Russia, Poland and Paris as well. Reginald, originally published in the Westminster Gazette, appeared in book form in 1904, followed by Reginald in Russia (1910), The Chronicles of Clovis (1911) and Beasts and SuperBeasts (1914); the other stories were published posthumously. He enlisted in the ranks in 1914 at the outbreak of the First World War, although he was well over the age-limit. By 1916 he was a Lance-Sergeant in the 22nd Royal Fusiliers. He was killed by a sniper on the dark morning of 14th November 1916; his last words before being shot were, ‘Put that bloody cigarette out.’

Although Munro’s pseudonym ‘Saki’ is described by the Oxford Companion to English Literature as being ‘of unknown origin’, Ethel Munro points out that her brother chose the name of the cup-bearer in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, a favourite book.

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