Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories

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A CHRONOLOGY OF M. R. JAMES

1862 M. R. James born on i August at Goodnestone next Wingham, Kent, third son and fourth child of the Revd Herbert James and Mary Emily (nee Horton).

1865 James family moves to Livermere, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

1873–6 MRJ at Temple Grove preparatory school, East Sheen (setting of 'A School Story'). Meets A. C. Benson.

1876–82 MRJ at Eton (King's Scholar). Newcastle Scholar 1882.

1882–5 Undergraduate scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Takes Firsts in both Parts of the Classical Tripos.

1886 Appointed Assistant Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

1887 Awarded Fellowship at King's for dissertation on the Apocalypse of Peter.

1887–8 Excavating in Cyprus and considering classical archaeo logy as a career. 'Excavations in Cyprus, 1887–8' (with D. G. Hogarth et al.) published in the Journal of Hellenic Studies for 1888.

1889 Becomes Dean of King's.

1892 In the spring, holidays in France with J. A. Robinson and Arthur Shipley and visits S. Bertrand de Comminges. July: visits Ireland and sees the preserved corpses in St Michan's, Dublin, mentioned in 'Lost Hearts'.

1893 Autumn: James McBryde comes up to King's from Shrewsbury. MRJ appointed Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. 28 October: 'Canon Alberic' and 'Lost Hearts' read to the Chitchat Society.

1895 Awarded D.Litt. degree. The first of MRJ's descriptive catalogues of MSS published. March: 'Canon Alberic's Scrap-book' published in the National Review; December: 'Lost Hearts' published in the Pall Mall Magazine.

1898 September: Mary Emily James dies at Livermere.

1899 Holiday in Denmark with James McBryde and Will Stone.

1900 Becomes Tutor of King's. Second Danish holiday with McBryde and Stone.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Note on the Text xxxi
  • Select Bibliography xxxiii
  • A Chronology of M. R. James xxxvi
  • 'Casting the Runes' and Other Ghost Stories xxxix
  • Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book 1
  • The Mezzotint 14
  • Number 13 26
  • Count Magnus 43
  • 'Oh, Whistle, and I'Ll Come to You, My Lad' 57
  • The Treasure of Abbot Thomas 78
  • A School Story 97
  • The Rose Garden 105
  • The Tractate Middoth 117
  • Casting the Runes 135
  • The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral 157
  • Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance 172
  • The Diary of Mr Poynter 199
  • An Episode of Cathedral History 210
  • The Uncommon Prayer-Book 228
  • A Neighbour's Landmark 244
  • A Warning to the Curious 257
  • Rats 275
  • The Experiment 281
  • The Malice of Inanimate Objects 288
  • A Vignette 293
  • Explanatory Notes 299
  • Appendix - M. R. James on Ghost Stories 337
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