I really love old newspapers, magazines and journals. I've been collecting them for some years. I recently acquired a number of issues of The London Mercury, including the issue for February 1934. This particular issue contains 'The Art of Montagu James' by Mary Butts, which was the first published critical appraisal of M. R. James' ghost stories.
I think Mary Butts' description of her first encounter with a story by M. R. James, when she was about eight years old, will strike a chord with many admirers of his work: 'It was one of those discoveries that last a life-time.' I know James called it 'fulsome' at the time, but I think the review is lovely - I was nodding away as I read it, in total agreement.
Anyway, I've typed it up to make it available here. To read it, just click on the image of The London Mercury.