Sapper is not so good inking short stories as in a full-length novel; but he still shows many of his virtues. His style is conversational and easy, his plots are uninvolved, and everything goes with a swing. Of course, if the 'reader pulls himself up and begins to think whether the stories are life-like, he will feel- rather dubious. Sapper accepts so many bluff and hearty conventions. A murder or so is no sin in the cause of love. A hero can do no wrong if we are informed beforehand that he is a good guy. The convention of which Sapper is fondest is that all bronzed and blue-eyed men should, be allowed to take the law into their own hands. And immediately we hear that a man's jaw sets, we know that he is beyond good and evil. From a sociological point of view, this is dangerous doctrine; but who cares for anything but the story when he is reading Sapper?
Herman Cyril McNeile was a British soldier and author, writing under the pseudonym Sapper. Drawing on his experiences in the trenches during the First World War, he started writing short stories and getting them published in the Daily Mail. As serving officers in the British Army were not permitted to publish under their own names, he was given the pen name "Sapper" by Lord Northcliffe, the owner of the Daily Mail; the nickname was based on that of his corps, the Royal Engineers. After the war McNeile left the army and continued writing, although he changed from war stories to thrillers. In 1920 he published Bulldog Drummond, whose eponymous hero became his best-known creation. The character was based on McNeile himself, on his friend Gerard Fairlie and on English gentlemen generally. McNeile wrote ten Bulldog Drummond novels, as well as three plays and a screenplay.
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