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The Rabble Discuss Cabell: James Branch Cabell &c

This group is named after the mnemonic the author produced to indicate the correct pronunciation of his surname: ‘Tell the rabble my name is Cabell.’ He first made his name (but not much money) as a writer of romantic but droll short stories and novels. He had an artistic breakthrough with the anti-romantic dream-romance The Cream of the Jest (1917), but it was not until Jurgen (1919) was tried for obscenity that he suffered an explosion of popularity and became one of the most lionized literary figures of the 1920s. This phenomenon culminated in the publication of his collected works in the 18-volume Storisende edition (1927-1930) in which he arranged his fantasies and his now-revised-to-fit earlier works into the ‘Biography of the Life of Manuel,’ Manuel being the leading character in Figures of Earth (1921) and the progenitor of many of Cabell’s male characters down through the fictional centuries. However, after about 1930 the Great Depression and creeping modernism led to a reaction against Cabell’s supposedly effete approach to literature; and although he continued to produce fiction and nonfiction of merit until his death in the 1950s he was almost forgotten as a literary figure.

In the 1960s he experienced somewhat of a revival in the wake of the great popularity of The Lord of the Rings, when the demand for something, anything, remotely like Tolkien caused obscure works of merit by Cabell, Dunsany, Peake, Eddison, Morris and other early fantasists to be reprinted (and several Cabell societies to be formed and scholarly journals published). But the rabble soon discovered these writers to be not very Hobbitish, and, the demand satisfied by eighth-rate Tolkien clones, Cabell receded again into the relative obscurity wherein now he bides and all we mourn for. Nonetheless, James Branch Cabell continues to find favor with the more enlightened fans of fantasy and esoteric literature, with collectors, and with lovers of his droll, highly polished manner. The eternal author stands, tongue in cheek, sword (ahem) in hand, awaiting our judgment.

UPDATE January 2013 -- Check out the new James Branch Cabell website-in-progress, The Silver Stallion at http://www.silverstallion.karkeeweb.com/... . It's an offshoot of discussions that started right here on The Rabble Discuss Cabell.

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Some Cabell blogposts on the "SFF Chronicles: science fiction & fantasy community forums" 1Crypto-Willobie, Yesterday 10:55pmignore
Cabell Bargains 23Crypto-Willobie, Saturday 3:15pmignore
Ideational gonfalon 2elenchus, October 17ignore
Silver Stallion to the Rescue 2Crypto-Willobie, October 8ignore
Passing of Kalki editor Paul Spencer 1Crypto-Willobie, August 29ignore
"What's New" at The Silver Stallion: The James Branch Cabell Website 13elenchus, August 6ignore
Cabell Bargains 4Crypto-Willobie, July 17ignore
Cabell reviews 15Crypto-Willobie, July 6ignore
Cabell's Heirs? 37elenchus, June 4ignore
New Cabell pages on the Virginia Commonwealth University website 3DCBlack, May 8ignore
Favorite Account of Cabell by Someone Not Cabell 9rainlights, April 1ignore
Facebook Cabell Group 15rainlights, April 1ignore
Cabell in Correspondence 3EnriqueFreeque, March 30ignore
Favorite Cabell Quotations? 13Crypto-Willobie, January 6ignore
Harper's Magazine 4wirkman, January 6ignore
Copyright status of Papé's plates 12DCBlack, November 2013ignore
Recommendations 15DCBlack, November 2013ignore
The Question of Genre 5paradoxosalpha, October 2013ignore
Ecben and the Witch-Women (and a pendant) 10elenchus, October 2013ignore
Cabell Anniversary - Sept 1913 - Sept 2013 5DCBlack, September 2013ignore
How to find Cabell? 15paradoxosalpha, August 2013ignore
New LT Review of Jurgen 5Crypto-Willobie, July 2013ignore
recommendation for a story? 7elenchus, March 2013ignore
Illustrated Cabell Bibliography 21leoden, January 2013ignore
Dedicated to JBC 4Crypto-Willobie, December 2012ignore
Additions and Corrections to James N. Hall’s A Bibliography of James Branch Cabell 8John_Thorne, September 2012ignore
Happy Walpurgisnacht, April 30. Jurgen's journey begins... 2elenchus, April 2012ignore
Cabell Criticism 14elenchus, March 2012ignore
2012 Virginia Forum: An Opportunity to Speak about Cabell 38Jim_Glanville, February 2012ignore
Kalki: Studies in James Branch Cabell - tables of contents 6Crypto-Willobie, February 2012ignore
Desperately Seeking Cabell, A Passion 15Crypto-Willobie, October 2011ignore
Cabell's anagrams 23elenchus, September 2011ignore
The Mirror and the Pigeons 4Crypto-Willobie, August 2011ignore
Series Descriptions for the Biography 5Crypto-Willobie, July 2011ignore
Favorite literary pun 9paradoxosalpha, July 2011ignore
Cabell articles on offer 12elenchus, May 2011ignore
A new book called Jurgen 14Crypto-Willobie, March 2011ignore
Jurgen's Pawnshop 1Crypto-Willobie, January 2011ignore
Cabell on the Kindle 4elenchus, November 2010ignore
Jurgen is you and I 4Crypto-Willobie, October 2010ignore
JBC and Ernest Bramah 9paradoxosalpha, October 2010ignore
Cabell Hoard 26DCBlack, September 2010ignore
Musings on The Silver Stallion 9paradoxosalpha, July 2010ignore
Cabell Editions 21Crypto-Willobie, July 2010ignore
post-Biography Cabell 6Crypto-Willobie, July 2010ignore
Cabell the Historian 4elenchus, July 2010ignore
R.I.P. J.B.C. 10ChrisRiesbeck, May 2010ignore
Sigil of Scoteia 2Crypto-Willobie, March 2010ignore
1st Edition Cream of the Jest and a question of prophecy 9elenchus, March 2010ignore
Cabell in the White House 1elenchus, February 2010ignore
An off-line list of interesting Cabell titles 19Crypto-Willobie, February 2010ignore
Townsend of Lichfield 2paradoxosalpha, January 2010ignore
Cabellian Harmonics 23Crypto-Willobie, August 2009ignore
Style 2Crypto-Willobie, August 2009ignore

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