Hector Hugh Munro or saki; The Short Story Writer

Hector Hugh Munro or saki; The Short Story Writer
Hector Hugh Munro or saki was a British writer known for his satirist and with a taste for the witty, mischievous and outrageous.  He is very mush well known for his short stories. Saki wrote most of his best work for newspapers such as the Westminster Gazette, Daily Express, Bystander, Morning Post and Outlook [1]. Munro was born in Akyab, Burma, then part of the British Empire, on 18 December 1870 [1]. He was the son of Charles Augustus Munro and Mary Frances Mercer [2]. Munro’s father was an inspector general of Buma police and retired at 1887. At the year of 1872, his mother passed away and after his mothers’ death he and his two siblings moved to England, where they were raised by their grandmother and an unmarried aunt.  Munro was educated at Pencarwick School in Exmouth, Devon and at Bedford School [2].  Hector was influenced by his father and at the year of 1893, he joined the Colonial Burmese Military Police. But unfortunately after two years later he returned to England due to the illness by malaria started his career as a journalist, writing for various publications in England.  In 1900, Munro's first book appeared: The Rise of the Russian Empire, a historical study modelled upon Edward Gibbon's The Decline and “fall of the Roman Empire” [2]. Munro worked as a foreign correspondent for The Morning Post in the Balkans, Russia and Paris from 1902 to 1908. He then returned to England to be settled. In the early 1900s, H. H. Munro began publishing collections of his witty, acerbic stories, often featuring recurring characters who parody Edwardian high society [3]. Munro continuously did his duty as a journalist and an author until World War I broke out in 1914. In the World War I, Munro joined the British Army Royal Fusiliers as an ordinary soldier at the age of 43. Munro was admitted at hospital for malaria, but returned to his battalion after an impending attack. Just days after leaving the hospital, H. H. Munro was killed by a German sniper. From various source it is found that the last word of H. H. Munro were "Put that bloody cigarette out”. Munro is considered as one of the best short story writers in the English language and his contributions in English literature are often remembered.

[1]. wiseGEEK. Clear answers for the common questions, online available at http://www.wisegeek.com/who-is-h-h-munro.htm

[2]. The Literature Network, Online Available at http://www.online-literature.com/hh-munro/
[3]. Wikipedia: The free Encyclopedia, Online Available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saki

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