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M. R. JAMES

MONTAGUE RHODES JAMES Biblical scholar, and author of arguably the finest ghost stories ever written

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1862 Arguably Biblical Finest Ghost Montague Rhodes Scholar Stories Written 1936


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This evocative black and white portrait captures the enigmatic and intellectual presence of Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), a renowned Biblical scholar and author of some of the finest ghost stories ever written. James, often referred to as M.R. James, was a fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and a prolific writer whose works have left an indelible mark on the literary world. Born on January 1, 1862, James was a man of many talents. He was a historian, a linguist, and a scholar of ancient languages, but it was his ghost stories that would captivate readers for generations. James's tales of the supernatural, which he began writing in the late 1890s, were marked by their intellectual rigor, their psychological depth, and their chilling atmosphere. One of the most striking aspects of James's ghost stories is their grounding in history and scholarship. Many of his tales are set in academic institutions or draw on historical events and folklore. James's deep knowledge of the past infuses his stories with a sense of authenticity that adds to their eerie effect. James's first collection of ghost stories, "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary," was published in 1904, and it was followed by several other collections and individual stories. His most famous tale, "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," was first published in 1904 and has since become a classic of the genre. James's influence on the ghost story genre is immeasurable. His stories have been adapted for film, television, and radio, and they continue to inspire new generations of writers. This portrait, taken in 1936, captures the essence of a man who, through his scholarship and his stories, has left an indelible mark on the literary world and on our collective imagination.

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