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About the Author: M.R. James

Montague Rhodes James, who used the publication name M.R. James, was a noted British mediaeval scholar & provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–18) & of Eton College (1918–36). He's best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. One of James' most important achievements was to redefine the ghost story for the new century by dispensing with many of the formal Gothic trappings of his predecessors, replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.


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Hardcover, Published in Jan 2004 by Wildside Press

ISBN10: 0809599279 | ISBN13: 9780809599271

Page count: 160

Though James's work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic cliches of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. "You mean something startled you. Was it anything you thought you saw?" "Not much _thinking_ in the case, I'm afraid. Yes, it was something I saw. You remember when you called the first time at the library?" "Yes, of course. Well, now, let me beg you not to try to describe it -- it will not be good for you to recall it, I'm sure." "But indeed it would be a relief to me to tell anyone like yourself: you might be able to explain it away. It was just when I was going into the class where your book is --" "Indeed, Mr. Garrett, I insist; besides, my watch tells me I have but very little time left in which to get my things together and take the train. No -- not another word -- it would be more distressing to you than you imagine, perhaps. Now there is just one thing I want to say. I feel that I am really indirectly responsible for this illness of yours, and I think I ought to defray the expense which it has -- eh?" * Includes "A School Story," "The Rose Garden," "The Tractate Middoth," "Casting the Runes," "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral," "Martin's Close," and "Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance."

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