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4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive collection - part two, 18 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories, Vol. 2 (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This volume of ghost stories by the master of the genre, when considered in conjuction with the sister volume Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories forms the most comprehensive edition of M.R. James' stories that is widely available. Combining the stories from James' last two ghost story books ("A Thin Ghost" and "A Warning to the Curious") along with other more rarely seen stories. These include the semi-autobiographical story "A Vignette" and "The Fenstanton Witch", both of which have the classic M.R. James flavour. That said, these stories like the rest of the tales in this book rarely match the masterful suspense and dread found in the earlier stories collected in "Count Magnus".

The book is presented with twelve medieval ghost stories presented by James in Latin (with translations) and a collection of essays by James, sourced from book introductions and articles. The annotations help the reader with some of the more obscure references and quotations, but do not attempt critical analysis or provide in depth historical information to the settings.

There are lots of different editions of M.R. James's ghost stories available. These Penguin ones do work out among the most expensive considering two volumes are involved, but they are worthwhile for the bonus stories and essays not found in the others, and for the annotations for the interested reader.
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