Thetoys of peace and other papers

Thetoys of peace and other papers


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This is the last collection of short stories written by the witty British author, Hector Hugh Munro, better known by his pen names "Saki" or "H. H. Munro", compiled posthumously by his friend, Rothay Reynolds.The title story is a humorous tale of trying to indoctrinate young boys with a culture of peace rather than war, by a mother and her brother, Harvey, who give her boys "peace toys" for Easter instead of toy guns, tin soldiers, and the like. Excerpt:"A quantity of crinkly paper shavings was the first thing that met the view when the lid was removed; the most exiting toys always began like that. Harvey pushed back the top layer and drew forth a square, rather featureless building."'It’s a fort!' exclaimed Bertie. ..."'It’s a municipal dust-bin,' said Harvey hurriedly; 'you see all the refuse and litter of a town is collected there, instead of lying about and injuring the health of the citizens.'"The boys were not impressed by such gifts as tin statues of economists, scientists, sanitary inspectors, and politicians, rather than soldiers and heroes; models of municipal buildings rather than forts; toy hoes instead of toy guns. Left to play with the new politically correct toys, the boys manage to completely thwart the plan, to the frustration of the well-meaning adults.There are 33 stories in all, plus an introduction about the life of the author written by Rothay Reynolds.Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 14 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story, and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse.Besides his short stories (which were first published in newspapers, as was customary at the time, and then collected into several volumes), he wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington; the episodic The Westminster Alice (a parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland); and When William Came, subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns, a fantasy about a future German invasion and occupation of Britain.
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    (Akyab, Birmania, 1870 - Beaumont-Hamel, Francia, 1916) scrittore inglese. Considerato un maestro del racconto breve, pubblicò numerose raccolte, come Reginald (1904); Le cronache di Clovis (The chronicles of Clovis, 1912); Bestie e superbestie (Beasts and super-beasts, 1914). Scrisse un solo, breve, estroso romanzo tragicomico: L’insopportabile Bassington (The unbearable Bassington, 1912). Alcuni dei suoi racconti, dosatissimi negli effetti e nel linguaggio, sono minuscoli capolavori dell’orrore: in essi lo scrittore mette in luce con straordinaria economia di mezzi la crudeltà dell’uomo, e spesso anche quella dei bambini. S. morì combattendo sul fronte francese. Approfondisci
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