Day 84: Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches


Saki was born Hector Hugh Munro in Akyab, Burma (now Myanmar), the son of Charles Augustus Munro, an inspector-general in the Burma police. His stories satirize the Edwardian social scene, often in a macabre and cruel way. Munro’s columns and short stories were published under the pen name ‘Saki’, who was the cupbearer in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, an ancient Persian poem.

Saki’s stories were full of witty sayings – such as “The cook was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go she went.”

After the outbreak of World War I, although officially too old, Munro volunteered for the army as an ordinary soldier. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet on November 14, 1916 in France, near Beaumont-Hamel. Munro was sheltering in a shell crater.

His last words, according to several sources, were: “Put that damned cigarette out!”

Source: Saki

Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches was written by Hector Hugh Munro (Saki). It was published in 1910.

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