11th July 2006
EDWARDIAN AUTHOR BROUGHT TO BOOK
Edwardian author, who was brought up in confinement by two strict aunts after
his mother was killed by a runaway cow, is the subject of a book being written
by an English lecturer at the
Professor Sandie Byrne has just signed a publishing deal with Oxford University Press for a book she’s been working on for the past two years about Hector Hugh Munro, better known by his pen name: ‘Saki’.
Saki is famous for his witty and sometimes macabre short stories which satirized Edwardian society and culture.
His first book, ‘The Rise of the Russian Empire’ appeared in 1900. It was followed in 1902 by the ‘Not-So-Stories’, a collection of political satires which appeared in newspapers of the day, whose title was an affectionately jokey reference to Kipling's ‘Just-So Stories’.
From 1902 to 1908 Munro worked as a foreign correspondent for the Morning Post in the Balkans,
As well as his well known short stories, Munro also wrote two novels, ‘The Unbearable Bassington’ and ‘When William Came’.
At the start of World War I Munro joined the army
and returned to the battlefield more than once when officially still too sick
or injured to fight. He was killed in
He was sheltering in a shell crater when he was killed by a German sniper. His famous last words were: "Put that bloody cigarette out!"
Sandie Byrne came to the
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