M. R. James

British author and scholar (1862–1936) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Montague Rhodes James OM FBA (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936) was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918), and of Eton College (1918–1936). He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1913–1915).

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M. R. James

M. R. James, c. 1900
M. R. James, c. 1900
BornMontague Rhodes James
(1862-08-01)1 August 1862
Goodnestone, Kent, England
Died12 June 1936(1936-06-12) (aged 73)
Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
Pen nameM. R. James
OccupationAuthor, scholar
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge

James's work as a medievalist and scholar is still highly regarded,[1] but he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which some consider among the best in the genre. He redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. Because his protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests, he is known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story".[2]

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