M. R. James (1862-1936)
Montague Rhodes James was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905-18), and of Eton College (1918-36). James was born in Goodnestone Parsonage, near Dover in Kent, England. Though James’s work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, 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. He was awarded the Order of Merit in 1930. He died in 1936 and was buried in Eton town cemetery.