Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories

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This selection of twenty-one short stories by M.R. James--a first-class writer of supernatural fiction--represents his best work, including "Count Magnus," "The Rose Garden," "The Uncommon Prayer-book," "Rats," "The Malice of Inanimate Objects," and "A Vignette," as well as the title story.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment...

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Overview


This selection of twenty-one short stories by M.R. James--a first-class writer of supernatural fiction--represents his best work, including "Count Magnus," "The Rose Garden," "The Uncommon Prayer-book," "Rats," "The Malice of Inanimate Objects," and "A Vignette," as well as the title story.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A selection of 21 stories by one of the masters of the modern ghost story.

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"Magnificently, authoritatively edited and annotated."--David Gorman, Northern Illinois University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199538577
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 703,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

M.R. James was one of the most accomplished scholars of his generation, a brilliant, internationally known authority on early Christian manuscripts. He was in turn a Fellow, Dean, and Provost of Kings College, Cambridge, and then finally the Provost of Eton, where he died a much-loved and revered figure in 1936.
Michael Chabon is the author of Wonder Boys, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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Table of Contents

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
My 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
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