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M. R. James
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Vital statistics
Occupation Author
Gender Male
Birth Date August 1, 1862
Birth Location Goodnestone, Dover, England
Death Date June 12, 1936, age 73
Death Location Eton, Berkshire, England
Notable Works Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad
Casting the Runes
Lost Hearts
Number 13
The Ash-Tree

Montague Rhodes James OM, MA, FBA (August 1, 1862June 12, 1936), who used the publication name M. R. James, was an English medieval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918), and of Eton College (1918–1936).

He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded 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".