M. R. James (2977 words)


M.R. James, the writer of a highly cultivated series of ghost stories, including the once-famous Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), remains a lesser-known name in the pantheon of horror, overlooked by the roughly contemporary success of Stoker’s Dracula (1898). Nevertheless, he remains the true godfather of the English ghost story, consciously reinventing Victorian horrors for a 20th century audience. This might seem a curious occupation for the son born in 1862 to an Evangelical clergyman and his wife in the bucolic surroundings of Goodnestone, Kent. James’ early life was spent entirely ensconced by the world of the church: a daily regimen of prayers, hymns, and Bible study etched Christian …

Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "M. R. James". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2338, accessed 17 June 2021.]

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