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A warning to the curious
James, M. R. (Montague Rhodes), 1862-1936.
Publication Information:
Oxford : Isis, 1987.
Physical Description:
133 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Format :

On Order


Author Notes

M. R. James was born in Goodnestone, Kent, England on August 1, 1862. He was an English 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.

He began writing his ghost stories as an entertainment for his friends; he would read these stories each year at Christmas to his colleagues at King's College. The earliest of these tales include Canon Alberic's Scrap-book and Lost Hearts, both of which were later collected in his first anthology of supernatural fiction, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904). Perhaps his single greatest story is the profoundly disturbing Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad (1904). He died on June 12, 1936.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Briton James (1862-1936) was a scholar and antiquary. His splendid supernatural tales, consequently, are imbued with his knowledge of college life and ancient times. At once sinister and elegant, these 13 ghost stories sport perfectly crafted--perfectly creepy--atmospheres. James' apparitions--unlike those created by the other famous ghost-story writer surnamed James (Henry, that is)--are certain and definite, i.e., there is no ambiguity in terms of whether the ghostly presences actually exist or are simply hallucinations. An engaging introduction is contributed by esteemed British mystery and psychological-thriller writer Ruth Rendell. --Brad Hooper