Happy Birthday M.R. James!

MR James 150th Birthday

REN ZELEN pays tribute to the greatest English ghost writer Montague Rhodes James today on his the 150th birthday

Montague Rhodes James, dean of King’s College, Cambridge, and later provost of Eton, was a very successful academic in his lifetime, known for his extensive work on biblical apocrypha and the catalogues of medieval manuscripts.

His ghost stories were initially composed to be recited on Christmas evenings (between 1892 and 1935) as a pleasant distraction for a coterie of colleagues, friends and students at King’s College.

The stories did not, as James wrote in the introduction to his first collection, “make any very exalted claim. If any of them succeed in causing their readers to feel pleasantly uncomfortable while walking along a solitary road at nightfall, or sitting over a dying fire in the small hours, my purpose in writing them will have been attained.”

I think it safe to suggest, the purpose was attained.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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