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The Open Window

by Saki

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Media Adaptations

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Richard Patterson directed a film adaptation of "The Open Window" in 1971. Produced by the American Film Institute, it is a 12-minute short.

In 1980, The Open Window/Child's Play offered video interpretations of two of Saki's short stories. It is 28 minutes long and available in VHS format from Monterey Home Video.

"The Open Window" was also adapted for video in 1990, available in VHS format from Pyramid Films & Video.

For Further Reference

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Forbes, Alexander Malcolm. "H. H. Munro. " In Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 162: British Short-Fiction Writers, 1915-1945. Edited by John H. Rogers. Detroit: Gale, 1996, pp. 240-50. Forbes provides a comprehensive overview of Saki's life and his works.

Hibberd, Dominic. "Saki: Overview. " In Reference Guide to English Literature. 2nd edition. Edited by D. L. Kirkpatrick. Detroit: St. James Press, 1991. An overview of Saki's works.

'Overview: 'The Open Window, ' by Saki. " In Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them, Volume 2: Civil Wars to Frontier Societies (1800-1880s). Edited by Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Detroit: Gale, 1997. A general overview of Saki's work, including historical background information.

Bibliography and Further Reading

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Coward, Noel, "Introduction," The Penguin Complete Saki London: Penguin Books, 1982 Reprint of the 1976 edition by Doubleday & Company.

Review entitled "Fiction: 'Beasts and Super-Beasts'," in The Spectator Vol. 113, no 4489, July 11,1914, pp. 60-1.

Further Reading

Cheikin, Miriam Quen. Review in English Literature in Transition Vol. 21, no. 2,1978, pp 121-31.

A review refuting the consensus that Saki focused on childish themes, devices, and cruelties, and supporting the author as a practical joker

Langguth, A J. Saki A Life of Hector Hugh Munro New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981,366 p.

A biography containing anecdotes and analyses of Saki's fiction.

Spears, George James. The Satire of Saki: A Study in the Satiric Art of Hector H, Munro New York: Exposition Press, 1963.

Spears addresses the novels, plays, short stories, and political satire of Saki. He begins with a short chapter entitled "The Satiric Tradition" that provides an introduction to the context within which he reads Saki's work.

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Historical and Social Context