Literature

I Hate Saki

Between us, it’s personal. There was a time, I was an admirer. His short stories, of course, and I even enjoyed his novels. That was the problem, I suppose. Sometime in the mid-1990s I chanced upon a copy of Montague Summers’s posthumously published autobiography, The Galanty Show, in the James Cook University library in Townsville. In it he mentioned that Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) had given him a copy of a novel he had written called Mrs Elmsley saying, “I wrote it under the influence of Balzac.” Summers wondered why the book was not listed as his friend’s first published…

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