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The Hauntings of M. R. James

By Anastasia , published on Feb 26, 2013

My grandfather, my father’s father, attended Eton College before the Second World War, leaving there for Sandhurst when he was seventeen. During his time at school he got to know M. R. James, who was provost until his death in the summer of 1936. Grandfather was among the successive waves of boys that James introduced to the tingly delights of the ghost story, a genre in which the old master excelled, writing some of the best tales in the English language. He learned to love the ghost story from James just as I was later to learn to love the ghost story from him.

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Tags: short stories, literary fiction, english writers, english literature, m. r. james, ghost stories

Honest Orwell

By Anastasia , published on Jan 29, 2013

A day or two before the conclusion of the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, a devil’s bargain that presaged the onset of the Second World War, the writer George Orwell had a dream. I imagine lots of other people had the same dream at the same time, one clearly born of acute anxiety. Of his particular dream Orwell later wrote:What I knew in my dream that night was that the long drilling in patriotism which the middle classes go through had done its work, and that once England was in a serious jam it would be impossible for me to sabotage. It was his intention, if he could, to fight; he no longer wished... (more)

Tags: socialism, george orwell, communism, english writers, english literature, second world war

Heil, Wodehouse!

By Anastasia , published on Aug 30, 2011

Open any anthology on fascism and there is bound to be an introduction telling you that fascism is difficult if not impossible to define. At my own risk I’ll hazard a definition: fascists, generally speaking, are wholly devoid of a sense of humour.

Let me give you a practical example. Take the great humorist P. G. Wodehouse, the satirist of the English upper classes, the creator of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, possibly the greatest craftsman in words that our language and literature ever produced. Jeeves and Bertie are his best known creations, but there is also Roderick Spode.

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Tags: english writers, english literature

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