The Haunting of M. R. James: An "English Catholic Sensibility"
Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936), the noted writer of ghost stories, took an especial interest in the apparent supernaturalism of an obscure, but vitally Catholic, English past. Although James, the son of a Church of England clergyman, was himself Anglican, I want to suggest that what underscored his imagination was the specter of England prior to the great upheavals brought about by the Reformation. Indeed, James's pronounced medievalism was part of a modern revival of interest in the Middle Ages that went beyond the aestheticism of such nineteenth-century individuals as John Ruskin and Augustus Pugin.
"The Haunting of M. R. James: An "English Catholic Sensibility","
LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture: Vol. 23:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://ir.stthomas.edu/logos/vol23/iss1/7