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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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Cabell Bargains 80wirkman, April 3ignore
VCU >> JBC 3elenchus, February 21ignore
The Economics of... 4Crypto-Willobie, January 21ignore
Ian Wallace 9elenchus, January 2ignore
How many? 11elenchus, January 2ignore
Storisende complete 18 volume set for sale 1rahkahuna, December 2019ignore
Happy 100th birthday Jurgen! 2Crypto-Willobie, September 2019ignore
fix-ups 7elenchus, July 2019ignore
Story of the Month 5Crypto-Willobie, July 2019ignore
3201 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 1Crypto-Willobie, June 2019ignore
Order to read Cabell 24wirkman, May 2019ignore
A new work by Mr. Cabell? sneak preview... 7Crypto-Willobie, May 2019ignore
Harrowby’s occult cosmology 7wirkman, May 2019ignore
19th anniversary of this essay - Cabell, Heinlein esoteric tradition, etc 4Crypto-Willobie, May 2019ignore
Favorite Account of Cabell by Someone Not Cabell 17Crypto-Willobie, May 2019ignore
Happy Walpurgisnacht, April 30. Jurgen's journey begins... 5Crypto-Willobie, April 2019ignore
Favorite Cabell Illustrations 3elenchus, March 2019ignore
Rogues’ Gallery 9wirkman, February 2019ignore
Cabell Library 13John_Thorne, February 2019ignore
Books Cabell has "blurbed" or introduced 34Crypto-Willobie, February 2019ignore
Cabell and Religion 8wirkman, February 2019ignore
Cabell quote - hivemind? 8wirkman, February 2019ignore
Cabell's Heirs? 49Crypto-Willobie, February 2019ignore
Story of the Month for Jan 2019 3absurdeist, February 2019ignore
Beyond Life 16Crypto-Willobie, January 2019ignore
Cabell t-shirt 7Crypto-Willobie, January 2019ignore
Music Behind the Moon 5elenchus, January 2019ignore
“Geas” 11wirkman, January 2019ignore
Townsend of Lichfield 9Crypto-Willobie, January 2019ignore
Collecting the Biography 8Crypto-Willobie, January 2019ignore
Occultists adulate Cabell 5paradoxosalpha, December 2018ignore
Zadig 9wirkman, December 2018ignore
Story of the Month for May 2018 - The Image of Sesphra 3Crypto-Willobie, September 2018ignore
The Certain Hour 19wirkman, September 2018ignore
Happy 100th Anniversary! / July Story of the Month 5elenchus, July 2018ignore
The White Robe is being read over on LT group 'The Weird Tradition' 4wirkman, May 2018ignore
Story of the Month, April 2018 - The Head of Misery 5elenchus, April 2018ignore
Story of the Month, March 2018. The Feathers of Olrun 3elenchus, March 2018ignore
New books by Cabell? 3lansingsexton, March 2018ignore
Cabell Story of the Month 11elenchus, March 2018ignore
Cabell overstock for sale 4elenchus, January 2018ignore
Cabell @ 'A Shiver in the Archives' blog 2elenchus, December 2017ignore
Characterizing Cabell 4Crypto-Willobie, December 2017ignore
Changes and Additions to James Hall's Cabell Bibliography 1Crypto-Willobie, December 2017ignore
Cameo appearances of Cabell's Books in the Books of other Authors 33Crypto-Willobie, November 2017ignore
Special Delivery (screening the mail) 8elenchus, November 2017ignore
Great grandfather's Cabell collection 20elenchus, November 2017ignore
German ballad (1907) about a knight called Manuel 20wirkman, June 2017ignore
The Dream Women 11wirkman, June 2017ignore
"What's New" at The Silver Stallion: The James Branch Cabell Website 34rainlights, March 2017ignore
Three fled before them, screaming 15rainlights, March 2017ignore
Sixteen Authors to One 7elenchus, February 2017ignore
An Important Cabellian Centenary 6elenchus, January 2017ignore
James Branch Cabell in Anthologies 3Crypto-Willobie, December 2016ignore
Association copies 16vaniamk13, September 2016ignore
high place 8Crypto-Willobie, July 2016ignore
The Devil's Own Dear Son 4elenchus, May 2016ignore
Passel of Cabell 12elenchus, May 2016ignore
Happy Birthday, JBC 3rainlights, April 2016ignore
Yet newer Cabell links at VCU's Cabell Library! 2elenchus, March 2016ignore
Distressing Damsels 5rainlights, January 2016ignore
Opera or Movie? 3Crypto-Willobie, January 2016ignore
Cabell Comics? 9rainlights, December 2015ignore
Cabell's Three Modes of Romantic Life 4elenchus, October 2015ignore
The Few Who Love Cabell 14rainlights, June 2015ignore
How to find Cabell? 27lansingsexton, June 2015ignore
Passing of Kalki editor Paul Spencer 4elenchus, April 2015ignore
Ideational gonfalon 6Crypto-Willobie, December 2014ignore
Copyright status of Papé's plates 13Crypto-Willobie, December 2014ignore
Recent JBC Reprints? 8Crypto-Willobie, December 2014ignore
Some Cabell blogposts on the "SFF Chronicles: science fiction & fantasy community forums" 2elenchus, December 2014ignore
Introducing James Branch Cabell 16elenchus, November 2014ignore
Kalki: Studies in James Branch Cabell - tables of contents 19Crypto-Willobie, November 2014ignore
Silver Stallion to the Rescue 2Crypto-Willobie, October 2014ignore
Cabell Bargains 4Crypto-Willobie, July 2014ignore
Cabell reviews 15Crypto-Willobie, July 2014ignore
New Cabell pages on the Virginia Commonwealth University website 3DCBlack, May 2014ignore
Facebook Cabell Group 15rainlights, April 2014ignore
Cabell in Correspondence 3absurdeist, March 2014ignore
Favorite Cabell Quotations? 13Crypto-Willobie, January 2014ignore
Harper's Magazine 4wirkman, January 2014ignore
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
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
Cabell Criticism 14elenchus, March 2012ignore
2012 Virginia Forum: An Opportunity to Speak about Cabell 38Jim_Glanville, 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

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