About the Author
Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916), also known as H. H. Munro, who was born in Burma to a British officer and sent to live with relatives in England at age two after the death of his mother. After working as a foreign correspondent for The Morning Post in the Balkans, Russia, and Paris, Munro settled in London in 1908 and began publishing the short stories and sketches for which he is remembered. Munro was 43 years old when the First World War began, and although he was beyond the age of conscription, and although he was offered an officer’s commission, he chose to join the army as an ordinary trooper. He was killed in France by a German sniper at the age of 46.