Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Ingoldsby Legends (1840-47) by R.H. Barham

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The Reverend Richard Harris Barham was born in Canterbury in 1788 and educated at St Paul’s School and Brasenose College, Oxford. Ordained as a curate in 1813, he also served as a minor canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and as a priest at King’s College Chapel. He died in 1845. His Ingoldsby Legends are a series of comic poems and tales published in three ‘series’ in Bentley’s Miscellany during the 1830s and 1840s and collected in three volumes in 1840, 1842 and (posthumously) 1847. They were written under the pseudonym of Thomas Ingoldsby. Enormously popular throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, the poems and tales are witty pastiches of medieval literature and gothic romance, which draw playfully on Barham’s antiquarian knowledge.

The Ingoldsby Legends (1840-47) [Kindle]

The Ingoldsby Legends (1840-47) [Epub]

I have based this ebook on the HTML version at The Ex-Classics Web Site, a site well worth a visit, not least because it contains all the illustrations for the novel by George Curikshank and others. An illustrated edition is also available at the excellent eBooks at Adelaide. PDF editions are also available from those sites. Finally, I feel I should warn readers in advance of Barham’s use of the racist ‘n’ word, which I’ve preserved for purposes of literary and historical interest but (needless to say) definitely don’t endorse.

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Six Ghost Stories (1919) by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson

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This short collection of ghost stories, published by John Murray in 1919 when its author was 84 years old, is firmly in the tradition of M.R. James, the acknowledged master of the genre. As with James’s tales, these stories involve the doomed escapades of amateur (male) antiquaries as they come into contact with a series of haunted or cursed relics, or try to reconstruct past events from old documents. Exceptions are ‘A Romance of the Piccadilly Tube’ and ‘Pepina’, which provide altogether more contemporary hauntings.

Jackson is perhaps better-known as a revered architect and this was his sole fictional work. He has left a particular mark on the architecture of Oxford University, having designed the Examination Schools and the famous Bridge of Sighs, as well as large chunks of Hertford College and Brasenose College.

Six Ghost Stories (1919) [Kindle]

Six Ghost Stories (1919) [Epub]

Six Ghost Stories (1919) [PDF]

Critical Editions:

Six Ghost Stories, intr. Richard Dalby (Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 1999)

Biography:

Jackson, Sir Thoms Graham, Recollections of Thomas Graham Jackson (Oxford University Press, 1950)

Links:

Jackson’s page at The Victorian Web

Jackson’s painting, View near Morecambe, Lancashire