Morgan Library Ghost Stories

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INTRODUCTION

HOPE MAYO

This volume of Morgan Library Ghost Stories had its origin in an exhibition entitled "Pierpont Morgan's Manuscripts and M. R. James," sponsored by the Library in the spring of 1987 as a part of the 150th anniversary celebration of Pierpont Morgan's birth. In a lecture with the same title as the exhibition, given at the Library on 27 May 1987, I explored in some detail the work done by Montague Rhodes James, the foremost medieval manuscript scholar of his day, on the first, and still the only, published catalogue of Morgan Library manuscripts. Important as James's work on this and other catalogues was in developing techniques for the study of the medieval book, he is known far more widely as the author of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and several similar collections. Even people who are completely unaware of his scholarly attainments and know nothing of the subjects of his erudition appreciate the manner in which he used his knowledge of medieval artifacts and scholarly settings to create a convincing atmosphere for some of the best stories of the supernatural ever written in English. Scholars also respond to his sureness of touch in this regard, and in the course of my lecture I pointed out that this aspect of his career involved James in hitherto unknown contact with the Morgan Library, in that

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • List of Illustrations 6
  • Introduction 7
  • Morgan Library Ghost Stories 17
  • Old Macgregor: A Tale of Hallowe'En 19
  • Lily Hodge 33
  • Lex Talionis 40
  • Author's Note 57
  • The Ballad of the Belle 58
  • The Clergyman's Bargain 65
  • Non Furtum Facies Richard Priest 80
  • Bibliographical Note 86
  • Slide Lecture Liran Ludeley 87
  • Notes on the Contributors 105
  • Colophon 107
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