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M. R. James
|Born||Montague Rhodes James|
(1862-08-01)1 August 1862
Goodnestone, Kent, England
|Died||12 June 1936(1936-06-12) (aged 73)|
Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
|Pen name||M. R. James|
|Alma mater||King's College, Cambridge|
James's work as a medievalist and scholar is still highly regarded, 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".
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