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Munro, Hector Hugh

Born: 1870 AD
Died: 1916 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Satirists, Writers

1870 – Munro was born in Akyab, Burma on December 18, 1870.

1893 – Munro was educated at Pencarwick School in Exmouth and the Bedford Grammar School. He followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Burma police.

1896 – Due to failing health forced his resignation and return to England, where he started his career as a journalist, writing for newspapers such as the Westminster Gazette, Daily Express, Bystander, Morning Post, and Outlook.

1902-1908 – Munro worked as a foreign correspondent for The Morning Post in the Balkans, Russia, and Paris, then settled in London.

1911 – Munro published, under the name "Hector Munro," a novel titled "Mrs. Elmsley." On the eve of the Great War, he published a "what-if" novel, When William Came, imagining the eponymous German emperor conquering Britain.

1916 – At the start of World War I, although officially over age, Munro joined the Army as an ordinary soldier, refusing a commission. He returned to the battlefield more than once when officially still too sick or injured to fight. He was killed in France, near Beaumont-Hamel on November 14, 1916. Saki is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His stories are always short and the good ones are exquisitely memorable, with delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives. His story "The Open Window" may be his most famous, with a closing line ("Romance at short notice was her speciality") that has entered the lexicon. He also wrote several plays; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington (1912); and two novella-length satires, the episodic The Westminster Alice (1902, a Parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland), and When William Came (1914), subtitled "A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns".