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The Interlopers

by Saki

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When was "The Interlopers" written by Saki?

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Although "The Interlopers" appeared in 1919 in a Saki short story collection called The Toys of Peace, and Other Papers, Saki died from sniper fire in World War I in 1916, not long before his 46th birthday. Therefore, this short story must have been written prior to 1916.

Saki spent a good deal of time in Russia, Poland, and Eastern Europe in the early 1900s as a journalist, mostly from 1902-1905. He witnessed the Russian Revolution of 1905. After 1908, he left journalism to devote himself to writing fiction.

As it happens, "The Interlopers" first appeared in a magazine called "The Bystander" in 1912. It makes sense that in this period, between beginning his fiction writing career and before the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Saki would've been processing and writing about his experiences with other cultures on the European continent. This story is set in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe.

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"The Interlopers" was actually published in 1919 in a book entitled The Toys of Peace, and Other Papers. Although we can't be precisely sure when it was that Saki wrote this short story, we can imagine that he wrote it in the years running up to 1919.

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