The Storyteller, by H.H. Munro (Saki)

H.H. Munro

We like to imagine we live in liberal times, and yet it’s hard to imagine an era when it was easier to “épater les bourgeois” than it is today. This particularly applies to children’s literature, which has as many do’s and don’t’s as it ever had, just in other places. Could the original “Pippi Longstocking” be published today? Perhaps, but I doubt it would have become a bestseller, nor that it would have found a place in virtually every school library in the world – and not only because of the allegedly offensive language. So while subversive children’s authors make fans among their target audience, they don’t always make friends in the adult world, as the hero of tonight’s story finds out – much to his own amusement.

The Storyteller, by H.H. Munro (Saki) {11:55}

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