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Montague Rhodes James - M. R. James - was an English academic and provost of King's College and Eton. He started writing ghost stories to entertain his friends... one hundred and fifty years after his birth he is now revered as the father of the modern English ghost story.
This gorgeous hardback contains all thirty-five of M.R. James's highly acclaimed ghost stories, inclu
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ebook, 600 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Jo Fletcher
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Banjomike
Oct 17, 2014 Banjomike rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Read the original stories instead.
There is no real way to dislike a book of M.R. James tales. The stories are as good as ever. But this edition is NOT the one to read. I do NOT like (and do NOT see the point of) the changes to the punctuation.

This is the first paragraph of “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”
Original:
‘I suppose you will be getting away pretty soon, now Full Term is over, Professor,’ said a person not in the story to the Professor of Ontography, soon after they had sat down next to each other at a feast in
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D.M.
This book was one of those happy accidents readers love: I'd just read James' 'The Ash-Tree' in an old issue of Twilight Zone magazine, and had been thinking I really should seek out more of him to read. After one unsuccessful browse at the library, during a later visit there was this mighty tome staring me in the face when I walked in.
The title kind of underplays the relevance of this collection: this is a collection of pretty much ALL of James' superb supernatural writings. Not all of them are
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Mark
“M R James was a wonderful storyteller but he was not much of a stylist.” claims Stephen Jones in the first sentence of his Introduction to this new collection of Montague Rhodes James’ ghost stories.
Although Stephen then qualifies this further by saying, “Well, he was a stylist – but he wrote in a unique style that was very much all his own.” the point is perhaps a fair one.

I must admit that, for me, it is that uniqueness that makes MR one of my favourite ghost story writers. Nothing works quit
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Montague Rhodes James, who used the publication name M.R. James, was a noted British mediaeval scholar & provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–18) & of Eton College (1918–36). He's 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 di ...more
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