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(1870 - 1916)

Saki, the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro, was a British writer known for his sharp wit, mischievous storytelling, and sometimes macabre tales. Born in Akyab, British Burma, Saki was raised in England after the death of his mother. His father, an officer in the British Army, had a significant influence on his views of authority and social norms, themes that permeate Saki's work.

Saki's writing career began with political satire in the Westminster Gazette before evolving into the short story form for which he is best known. His tales often satirize Edwardian society and culture, humorously criticizing the pretensions and hypocrisy of the upper classes. His narrative style is characterized by a blend of light-hearted comedy and dark, at times gothic, undertones.

Among his most notable collections are "Reginald" (1904) and "The Chronicles of Clovis" (1911), which introduced readers to his uniquely mischievous characters who navigate the constraints of Edwardian propriety. Perhaps his most famous short story “The Open Window," encapsulates his talent for combining wit with the unexpected.

Saki's storytelling also extended to the novel form with "The Unbearable Bassington" (1912), a work revealing a more introspective and melancholy aspect of his literary persona. Tragically, Saki's life was cut short during World War I, where he served in the British Army and was killed in action, leaving a lasting legacy as a master of the short story.

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