Morgan Library Ghost Stories


The patron saint - if that's the right word; perhaps guiding spirit? - behind these witty and literate ghost stories is M. R. James (1862-1936). He is primarily known at The Pierpont Morgan Library and at similar august homes of learning as a redoubtable scholar and bibliographer. To many more devotees around the world, though, he is generally acclaimed as the author of some of the most economical, clearly focused, concise, and elegant ghost stories every written. Only the English languageserves this genre so well, and James's English craft is at the top of anyone's short list of favorites. Monty James enjoyed a long and happy professional relationship with the Morgan Library. He did so, in a sense, only in spirit: he never crossed the Atlantic, and he feared that he would not survive crossing New York's streets. His name was much in evidence when the 150th anniversary of Pierpont Morgan's birth was celebrated several years ago. His work on medieval manuscripts was the focal point of an exhibition.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Herbert Cahoon
  • J. Rigbie Turner
  • Nordstrom Bailey
  • Mark Farrell
  • Janet Ing Freeman
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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