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Eton and King's: Recollections, Mostly Trivial, 1875-1925 (Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries) [Paperback]

M. R. James
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7 July 2011 Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries
M. R. James (1862–1936), best remembered today for his ghost stories, was Provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). In these memoirs, he tells the story of the times he spent at the two prestigious institutions, providing a vibrant account of the people and experiences that characterised them. Beginning with his first impressions of Eton as a boy, he lends a unique insight into the school, moving on to recount with affection his scholarly and teaching careers in both these 'royal and religious foundations'. Ghosts and games, choirs and Christmases, and dramas and dons are all recalled in vivid detail, creating a colourful picture of academic life during the early twentieth century and the First World War. Anecdotal, touching and often humorous, James' recollections reveal his role in both intellectual and social life at these famous institutions, and his dedication and allegiance to them.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 110803053X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1108030533
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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M. R. James was Provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). In these fascinating memoirs, he recalls the people, pastimes and experiences that characterised his times at the two prestigious institutions, providing a vibrant and colourful account of academic life in the early twentieth century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The past is another country... 16 Feb 2013
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This reprint of academic and famous ghost story writer Montague Rhodes James' rare collection of anecdotes, will prove fascinating for both historians and lovers of the writer's work. Filled with surprising detail of a world that is now totally lost, James' reminiscences of his university and school experiences, the people and societies he held dear, and the customs and mores of a lost age, are both fascinating and occasionally moving too. How small the intake into King's College was back then - 16 students a year! How famous the members were of the ChitChat Society and included both A.C. & E.F. Benson drinking claret cup and eating spicy "Whales" (anchovy toast).

Not given to sentimentality, Monty James references to the friends he has lost - including the young James McBryde who illustrated his most famous collection of ghostly tales - are often poignant and always memorable.

I would recommend this book for many reasons but mostly for it's astute and evocative remembrances of things past and as a background to how some of the most famous ghost stories in the english language came to be written.
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