"The Rules of Folklore" in the Ghost Stories of M.R. James

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"The Rules of Folklore" in the Ghost Stories of M.R. James

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When Dr Montague Rhodes James of King's College, Cambridge, published in 1904 the first volume of the elegant but alarming tales with which his name is now always associated, he called it Ghost Stories of an Anti-quary; in 1911 he followed it with More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. The word "antiquary" already had an old-fashioned charm about it, and was appropriate for a scholar whose work revolved round medieval manu-scripts, biblical Apocrypha, library catalogues, church iconography and the like.' But he was something of a folklorist too (more so than his self-deprecating re-marks on the topic imply), with a particular interest in the development and persistence of local legends and historical memories, a good knowledge of traditional beliefs, and an interest in oral narration.

Creator

Jacqueline Simpson

Publisher

Folklore Society

Date

1996

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Jacqueline Simpson , “"The Rules of Folklore" in the Ghost Stories of M.R. James,” A Thin Ghost, accessed March 23, 2017, http://www.thin-ghost.org/items/show/167.

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