(1870 - 1916)

Born Hector Hugh Munro in 1870 in Burma, the son of a Scottish inspector general of police in the English colony, Saki began using his pseudonym in 1900 while writing political satires for the Westminster Gazette, the name likely deriving from the “cypress-slender minister of wine” in Persian poet Omar Khayyám’s Rubáiyát. After serving as a foreign correspondent in the Balkans, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, and Paris, he settled in London, where he wrote the short stories for which he is best known, collected in such books as The Chronicles of Clovis and Beasts and Super-Beasts.

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