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Series: The Biography of the Life of Manuel

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Beyond life : dizain des démiurges by James Branch Cabellvolume 1
Figures of Earth : A Comedy of Appearances by James Branch Cabellvolume 2
The Silver Stallion : A Comedy of Redemption by James Branch Cabellvolume 3
Domnei; The Music From Behind the Moon: Two Comedies of Woman Worship by James Branch Cabellvolume 4
Chivalry : dizain des reines by James Branch Cabellvolume 5
Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice by James Branch Cabellvolume 6
The Line of Love : Dizain des Mariages by James Branch Cabellvolume 7
The High Place : A Comedy of Disenchantment by James Branch Cabellvolume 8
Gallantry : Dizain des Fetes Galantes by James Branch Cabellvolume 9
Something about Eve : a comedy of fig-leaves by James Branch Cabellvolume 10
The certain hour : Dizain des poëtes by James Branch Cabellvolume 11
The Cords of Vanity : A Comedy of Shirking by James Branch Cabellvolume 12
From the Hidden Way; The Jewel Merchants : Dizain and Comedy of Echoes by James Branch Cabellvolume 13
The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck : A Comedy of Limitations by James Branch Cabellvolume 14
The Eagle's Shadow : A Comedy of Purse-Strings by James Branch Cabellvolume 15
The Cream of the Jest; The Lineage of Lichfield : Two Comedies of Evasion by James Branch Cabellvolume 16
Straws and Prayer-books : Dizain des Diversions by James Branch Cabellvolume 17
Townsend of Lichfield : Dizain des Adieux by James Branch Cabellvolume 18
From the hidden way : dizain des échos by James Branch Cabellvolume 13a
The Jewel Merchants : a Comedy in One Act by James Branch Cabellvolume 13b
The Cream of the Jest : A Comedy of Evasions by James Branch Cabellvolume 16a
The lineage of Lichfield; an essay in eugenics by James Branch Cabellvolume 16b
Domnei: A Comedy of Woman-Worship by James Branch Cabellvolume 4a
The music from behind the moon : an epitome by James Branch Cabellvolume 4b

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Most of Cabell's books [...] constitute what he calls "the Biography of the life of Manuel, one single, one continuous, and one indivisible book." [...] Cabell writes chiefly of an imaginary - yet perfectly imagined - medieval country named Poictesme. It is somewhere in Europe, not distant from Provence, yet near to Scotland; it is a land with a seacoast, mountains, and dark woods.

WR Parker, "A Key to Cabell" (1932), p. 433

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