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 . It's an offshoot of discussions that started right here on The Rabble Discuss Cabell.

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Straws and Prayer-Books cabell's reading list10 lukematonta / 10paradoxosalpha, heinäkuu 29
From the Hidden Way - translations2 lukematonta / 2Crypto-Willobie, marraskuu 2022
Brewer Order7 lukematonta / 7rpuchalsky, lokakuuta 2022
Notes and Translations on Chivalry?23 lukematonta / 23elenchus, syyskuu 2022
Heirs and Assigns2 lukematonta / 2elenchus, syyskuu 2022
Dom Manuel family tree?18 lukematonta / 18wreade1872, elokuu 2022
New digital project explores the life and legacy of James Branch Cabell, namesake of VCU’s library8 lukematonta / 8Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2022
Cabell's original titles8 lukematonta / 8paradoxosalpha, syyskuu 2021
Cabell reference in science fiction story10 lukematonta / 10dscottn, syyskuu 2021
Gaiman's steal on Cabell5 lukematonta / 5Crypto-Willobie, heinäkuu 2021
Cameo appearances of Cabell's Books in the Books of other Authors35 lukematonta / 35paradoxosalpha, huhtikuu 2021
Celebrating JBC's birthday at Good Show Sir3 lukematonta / 3paradoxosalpha, huhtikuu 2021
1907 Article on Cabell4 lukematonta / 4dscottn, huhtikuu 2021
Happy Anniversary!13 lukematonta / 13elenchus, helmikuu 2021
Cabell Bargains91 lukematonta / 91elenchus, helmikuu 2021
3201 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia8 lukematonta / 8dscottn, helmikuu 2021
German ballad (1907) about a knight called Manuel32 lukematonta / 32wirkman, tammikuu 2021
Cabell Editions28 lukematonta / 28dscottn, joulukuu 2020
Cabell Comics?16 lukematonta / 16dscottn, joulukuu 2020
"The Vampire," a First Story by Cabell6 lukematonta / 6dscottn, joulukuu 2020
The Certain Hour29 lukematonta / 29Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2020
Favorite Cabell Illustrations8 lukematonta / 8dscottn, joulukuu 2020
My Fellow Cabellians15 lukematonta / 15Crypto-Willobie, marraskuu 2020
Cabell's Heirs?51 lukematonta / 51elenchus, marraskuu 2020
This just in ...8 lukematonta / 8Crypto-Willobie, lokakuuta 2020
Good Show BAF!4 lukematonta / 4paradoxosalpha, lokakuuta 2020
Use or abuse?3 lukematonta / 3elenchus, syyskuu 2020
VCU >> JBC3 lukematonta / 3elenchus, helmikuu 2020
The Economics of...4 lukematonta / 4Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2020
Ian Wallace9 lukematonta / 9elenchus, tammikuu 2020
How many?11 lukematonta / 11elenchus, tammikuu 2020
Storisende complete 18 volume set for sale1 lukematon / 1rahkahuna, joulukuu 2019
Happy 100th birthday Jurgen!2 lukematonta / 2Crypto-Willobie, syyskuu 2019
fix-ups7 lukematonta / 7elenchus, heinäkuu 2019
Story of the Month5 lukematonta / 5Crypto-Willobie, heinäkuu 2019
Order to read Cabell24 lukematonta / 24wirkman, toukokuu 2019
A new work by Mr. Cabell? sneak preview...7 lukematonta / 7Crypto-Willobie, toukokuu 2019
Harrowby’s occult cosmology7 lukematonta / 7wirkman, toukokuu 2019
19th anniversary of this essay - Cabell, Heinlein esoteric tradition, etc4 lukematonta / 4Crypto-Willobie, toukokuu 2019
Favorite Account of Cabell by Someone Not Cabell17 lukematonta / 17Crypto-Willobie, toukokuu 2019
Happy Walpurgisnacht, April 30. Jurgen's journey begins...5 lukematonta / 5Crypto-Willobie, huhtikuu 2019
Rogues’ Gallery9 lukematonta / 9wirkman, helmikuu 2019
Cabell Library13 lukematonta / 13John_Thorne, helmikuu 2019
Books Cabell has "blurbed" or introduced34 lukematonta / 34Crypto-Willobie, helmikuu 2019
Cabell and Religion8 lukematonta / 8wirkman, helmikuu 2019
Cabell quote - hivemind?8 lukematonta / 8wirkman, helmikuu 2019
Story of the Month for Jan 20193 lukematonta / 3absurdeist, helmikuu 2019
Beyond Life16 lukematonta / 16Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2019
Cabell t-shirt7 lukematonta / 7Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2019
Music Behind the Moon5 lukematonta / 5elenchus, tammikuu 2019
“Geas”11 lukematonta / 11wirkman, tammikuu 2019
Townsend of Lichfield9 lukematonta / 9Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2019
Collecting the Biography8 lukematonta / 8Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2019
Occultists adulate Cabell5 lukematonta / 5paradoxosalpha, joulukuu 2018
Zadig9 lukematonta / 9wirkman, joulukuu 2018
Story of the Month for May 2018 - The Image of Sesphra3 lukematonta / 3Crypto-Willobie, syyskuu 2018
Happy 100th Anniversary! / July Story of the Month5 lukematonta / 5elenchus, heinäkuu 2018
The White Robe is being read over on LT group 'The Weird Tradition'4 lukematonta / 4wirkman, toukokuu 2018
Story of the Month, April 2018 - The Head of Misery5 lukematonta / 5elenchus, huhtikuu 2018
Story of the Month, March 2018. The Feathers of Olrun3 lukematonta / 3elenchus, maaliskuu 2018
New books by Cabell?3 lukematonta / 3lansingsexton, maaliskuu 2018
Cabell Story of the Month11 lukematonta / 11elenchus, maaliskuu 2018
Cabell overstock for sale4 lukematonta / 4elenchus, tammikuu 2018
Cabell @ 'A Shiver in the Archives' blog2 lukematonta / 2elenchus, joulukuu 2017
Characterizing Cabell4 lukematonta / 4Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2017
Changes and Additions to James Hall's Cabell Bibliography1 lukematon / 1Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2017
Special Delivery (screening the mail)8 lukematonta / 8elenchus, marraskuu 2017
Great grandfather's Cabell collection20 lukematonta / 20elenchus, marraskuu 2017
The Dream Women11 lukematonta / 11wirkman, kesäkuu 2017
"What's New" at The Silver Stallion: The James Branch Cabell Website34 lukematonta / 34rainlights, maaliskuu 2017
Three fled before them, screaming15 lukematonta / 15rainlights, maaliskuu 2017
Sixteen Authors to One7 lukematonta / 7elenchus, helmikuu 2017
An Important Cabellian Centenary6 lukematonta / 6elenchus, tammikuu 2017
James Branch Cabell in Anthologies3 lukematonta / 3Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2016
Association copies16 lukematonta / 16vaniamk13, syyskuu 2016
high place8 lukematonta / 8Crypto-Willobie, heinäkuu 2016
The Devil's Own Dear Son4 lukematonta / 4elenchus, toukokuu 2016
Passel of Cabell12 lukematonta / 12elenchus, toukokuu 2016
Happy Birthday, JBC3 lukematonta / 3rainlights, huhtikuu 2016
Yet newer Cabell links at VCU's Cabell Library!2 lukematonta / 2elenchus, maaliskuu 2016
Distressing Damsels5 lukematonta / 5rainlights, tammikuu 2016
Opera or Movie?3 lukematonta / 3Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2016
Cabell's Three Modes of Romantic Life4 lukematonta / 4elenchus, lokakuuta 2015
The Few Who Love Cabell14 lukematonta / 14rainlights, kesäkuu 2015
How to find Cabell?28 lukematonta / 28lansingsexton, kesäkuu 2015
Passing of Kalki editor Paul Spencer4 lukematonta / 4elenchus, huhtikuu 2015
Ideational gonfalon6 lukematonta / 6Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2014
Copyright status of Papé's plates13 lukematonta / 13Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2014
Recent JBC Reprints?8 lukematonta / 8Crypto-Willobie, joulukuu 2014
Some Cabell blogposts on the "SFF Chronicles: science fiction & fantasy community forums"2 lukematonta / 2elenchus, joulukuu 2014
Introducing James Branch Cabell16 lukematonta / 16elenchus, marraskuu 2014
Kalki: Studies in James Branch Cabell - tables of contents19 lukematonta / 19Crypto-Willobie, marraskuu 2014
Silver Stallion to the Rescue2 lukematonta / 2Crypto-Willobie, lokakuuta 2014
Cabell Bargains4 lukematonta / 4Crypto-Willobie, heinäkuu 2014
Cabell reviews15 lukematonta / 15Crypto-Willobie, heinäkuu 2014
New Cabell pages on the Virginia Commonwealth University website3 lukematonta / 3DCBlack, toukokuu 2014
Facebook Cabell Group15 lukematonta / 15rainlights, huhtikuu 2014
Cabell in Correspondence3 lukematonta / 3absurdeist, maaliskuu 2014
Favorite Cabell Quotations?13 lukematonta / 13Crypto-Willobie, tammikuu 2014
Harper's Magazine4 lukematonta / 4wirkman, tammikuu 2014
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