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Saki's Dependent Dissidence: Exploring “The East Wing”

Saki's Dependent Dissidence: Exploring “The East Wing” M arch 2005 SAKTS D EPEN DENT DISSIDENCE: EX PLO RIN G “T H E EAST W IN G ” Saki, the literary pseudonym o f H ecto r H u g h M unro, wrote two novels, fo u r plays, a n d nearly 150 sh o rt stories betw een 1900 a n d 1916 (when M unro was killed a t B eaum ont-H am el in World War I ) . Said’s sh o rt story “T h e East W ing” — originally published in Lucas’ A nnual in 1914 a n d only re p rin te d in a 1948 edition of T h e Bodley H ead collection o f the a u th o r’s stories — is a fasci­ natin g collision o f the tensions, paradoxes, an d p reoccupations o f Saki’s short fiction. A forgotten Edwardian sh o rt story with the existential angst o f a Beckett play1 — involving a child w ho is m ore valued w hen false th a n real, th e beauty a n d senselessness of death, a clergyman who lives vicariously th ro u g h http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Saki's Dependent Dissidence: Exploring “The East Wing”

English Language Notes , Volume 42 (3) – Mar 1, 2005

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Copyright © 2005 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
eISSN
2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-42.3.39
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Abstract

M arch 2005 SAKTS D EPEN DENT DISSIDENCE: EX PLO RIN G “T H E EAST W IN G ” Saki, the literary pseudonym o f H ecto r H u g h M unro, wrote two novels, fo u r plays, a n d nearly 150 sh o rt stories betw een 1900 a n d 1916 (when M unro was killed a t B eaum ont-H am el in World War I ) . Said’s sh o rt story “T h e East W ing” — originally published in Lucas’ A nnual in 1914 a n d only re p rin te d in a 1948 edition of T h e Bodley H ead collection o f the a u th o r’s stories — is a fasci­ natin g collision o f the tensions, paradoxes, an d p reoccupations o f Saki’s short fiction. A forgotten Edwardian sh o rt story with the existential angst o f a Beckett play1 — involving a child w ho is m ore valued w hen false th a n real, th e beauty a n d senselessness of death, a clergyman who lives vicariously th ro u g h

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2005

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