Reginald in Russia: And Other Sketches

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The Floating Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Fiction - 115 pages
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Edwardian author Hector Hugh Munro wrote under the cryptic pseudonym Saki, producing a diverse and robust body of work. This collection includes a story that follows Reginald, a recurring character in Saki's writing, to the frosty burgs of early twentieth-century Russia.
 

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Contents

Reginald in Russia
4
The Reticence of Lady Anne
10
The Lost Sanjak
16
The Sex that Doesnt Shop
25
The BloodFeud of ToadWater a WestCountry Epic
30
A Young Turkish Catastrophe in Two Scenes
36
Judkin of the Parcels
40
GabrielErnest
44
The Saint and the Goblin
56
The Soul of Laploshka
62
The Bag
69
The Strategist
78
Cross Currents
87
The Bakers Dozen
97
The Mouse
108
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H. H. Munro, better known as "Saki," was born in Burma, the son of an inspector-general for the Burmese police. Sent to England to be educated at the Bedford Grammar School, he returned to Burma in 1893 and joined the police force there. In 1896, he returned again to England and began writing first for The Westminster Gazette and then as a foreign correspondent for The Morning Post. Best known for his wry and amusing stories, Saki depicts a world of drawing rooms, garden parties, and exclusive club rooms. His short stories at their best are extraordinarily compact and cameolike, wicked and witty, with a careless cruelty and a powerful vein of supernatural fantasy. They deal, in general, with the same group of upper-class Britishers, whose frivolous lives are sometimes complicated by animals---the talking cat who reveals their treacheries in love, the pet ferret who is evil incarnate. The nom de plume "Saki" was borrowed from the cupbearer in Omar Khayyam's (see Vol. 2) The Rubaiyat. Munro used it for political sketches contributed to the Westminster Gazette as early as 1896, later collected as Alice in Westminster. The stories and novels were published between that time and the outbreak of World War I, when he enlisted as a private, scorning a commission. He died of wounds from a sniper's bullet while in a shell hole near Beaumont-Hamel. One of his characters summed up Saki's stories as those that "are true enough to be interesting and not true enough to be tiresome.

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