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Montague Rhodes James

MR James
MR James

Dates of office: 1893 - 1908

Montague Rhodes James OM FBA (1 August 1862–12 June 1936) was an English author, medieval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–18), and of Eton College (1918–36). He was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1913–15).

Though James's work as a medievalist and scholar is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which some regard as among the best in the genre. James 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. However, James's protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the 'antiquarian ghost story'.

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