Friday, April 28, 2023

Ghosts and Scholars 44

The latest issue of the M R James journal Ghosts and Scholars is now available. Issue 44 has been guest edited by Benjamin Harris.

This issue includes an essay on M R James as a Dramatist by Tony Medawar. MRJ wrote two plays for the choristers of King’s College Cambridge, performed in 1895 and 1896, and five Miracle Plays while Provost of Eton. Tony’s fascinating original research explores these.

Iain Smith contributes an essay on ‘The Fenstanton Witch’, a James story rediscovered and edited for publication by Rosemary Pardoe. He discusses its origins and its link to a better-known James story.

Issue 44 also offers new Jamesian fiction by Katherine Haynes and Timothy Granville, Rosemary Pardoe’s ‘Lady Wardrop’s Secret’ column and Rick Kennett’s round-up of Jamesian podcasts. There’s also Jamesian News, and reviews of four books of Jamesian interest. Cover art is by Jim Pitts.

This issue also comes with an extra booklet, Diggin’ ‘ere: Excavating with M R James in Cyprus 1887/8, edited and with an introduction by Jim Bryant. As a young man, James joined excavations organised by the British School in Athens. Jim’s paper draws on M R James’ letters to his family about the dig.

Copies to existing subscribers are on their way. 

Update: sold out. 

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