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Author: M. R. James Narrator: Geoffrey McGivern Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780001005
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Montague Rhodes James, the greatest English writer of ghost stories, was born in 1862 at Goodnestone Parsonage in Kent, where his father was Curate, and spent most of his boyhood at Livermere, near Bury St Edmunds in East Anglia, where his father had become rector. From childhood he was passionately interested in medieval books and antiques.

A man of formidable learning and enormous quickness of mind, James translated the Apocryphal Books of the New Testament into English, having them published in 1924. Many of his elegant and terrifying tales were suggested to him by scenes he had visited in Europe or England. This volume contains “A Warning to the Curious” and “Casting the Runes.”

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About the Author

M. R. James (1862–1936) was an English medieval scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge and Eton College. He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which redefined the genre. He abandoned the many gothic clichés of his predecessors and opted for more realistic, contemporary settings. His characters and plots, however, reflected his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story.”

About the Narrator

Geoffrey McGivern has performed extensively in television and radio. He played Ford Prefect in Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series, and his voice can be heard on several BBC Radio 4 productions.