The Open Window Essay

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Rena Korb has a master's degree in English literature and creative writing and has written for a wide variety of educational publishers. In the following essay, she examines "The Open Window" as an example of Saki's wit and skillful social satire.

H.H. Munro, writing under the name of Saki, was first introduced to the London literary scene in 1899, and only a year later, he was becoming well known as a witty social critic. This reputation has stayed with him until the present-day, more than eighty years after his untimely 1916 death on the battlefields of World War I. Saki took his pseudonym from a reference in the poetry of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, which was translated into English in the 1850s. It is perhaps ironic that Saki should have drawn his name from this book of poetry which so captivated the attention of the generation ready to take charge...

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