Montague Rhodes James, 1862-1936

Biographical note

British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is 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, and replacing them with more realistic contemporary settings.

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  • Ghost Stories of an Antiquary [1904] [ read | print | download ]
    1. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book [read]
    2. Lost Hearts [read]
    3. The Mezzotint [read]
    4. The Ash-Tree [read]
    5. Number 13 [read]
    6. Count Magnus [read]
    7. ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ [read]
    8. The Treasure of Abbot Thomas [read]
  • More Ghost Stories [1911] [ read | print | download ]
    1. A School Story [read]
    2. The Rose Garden [read]
    3. The Tractate Middoth [read]
    4. Casting the Runes [read]
    5. The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral [read]
    6. Martin’s Close [read]
    7. Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance [read]
  • A Thin Ghost and Others [1919] [ read | print | download ]
    1. The Residence at Whitminster [read]
    2. The Diary of Mr. Poynter [read]
    3. An Episode of Cathedral History [read]
    4. The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance [read]
    5. Two Doctors [read]
  • A Warning to the Curious, and other ghost stories [1925] [ read | print | download ]
    1. The Haunted Dolls' House [The Empire Review, Feb 1923] [read]
    2. The Uncommon Prayer Book [Atlantic Monthly, June 1921] [read]
    3. A Neighbour’s Landmark [Eton Chronic, 1924] [read]
    4. A View from a Hill [London Mercury, May 1925]
    5. A Warning to the Curious [London Mercury, August1925] [read]
    6. An Evening's Entertainment
  • The Collected Ghost Stories of M.R. James [1931] [ read | print | download ]
    1. There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard
    2. Rats [read]
    3. After Dark in the Playing Fields
    4. Wailing Well [read]
    5. The Experiment : A New Year’s Eve Ghost Story [read]
    6. The Malice of Inanimate Objects [read]
    7. A Vignette [read]

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