One hundred and 13 years ago tonight, the Chitchat Society convened their 601st meeting, in the Dean's rooms of King's College, Cambridge. At previous get-togethers, this confraternity of Old Etonians had played poker, eaten anchovy toast and listened to undemanding scholarly papers.
Earlier that term, Dr Waldstein had delivered his thoughts on English sports and pastimes. But the host on the evening of October 28, 1893 had a different agenda. The simple entry in the society's minute book records a cardinal moment in the history of supernatural literature: M R James read two ghost stories.
Monday, October 30, 2006
In The Telegraph, Robert Lloyd Parry pays tribute to the storyteller M.R. James.