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Cabell, James Branch

(1879–1958) writer; born in Richmond, Va. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, he worked as a journalist and as a coal miner. With his first novel, The Eagle's Shadow (1904), this Virginia-based author launched a prolific literary career producing works ranging from historical short stories to Virginia genealogy. He was known chiefly for his polished romances set in a mythical French province, Poictesme (18 vols. 1913–29), intended as allegories of the modern world. The best known of the series, Jurgen (1919), was originally suppressed as being immoral. Highly admired by literary types in his day, Cabell's work failed to speak to later generations.
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Chapter Two addresses the role of self-deception in the works of James Branch Cabell.
The notable exception is James Branch Cabell who considered the novel overrated (45-46).
Born in 1879 in the heart of Richmond, one-time capital of the Confederate States of America, James Branch Cabell lived his formative years in a charged ambience.
Furthermore, James Branch Cabell could claim a distinguished lineage on both sides.
Richmond has not forgotten him: the James Branch Cabell Library is on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University there.
No one has understood that more than Edgar MacDonald, as the title James Branch Cabell and Richmond-in-Virginia indicates.
said it best: "The figure of a man that he modeled and remodeled was James Branch Cabell himself, so that his collected works constitute, more than anything else, an extended essay in variously disguised autobiography.
Among books published this year was Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice by James Branch Cabell, an excursion through the world of fantasy, allegory, and escape.
This is particularly disappointing since Rowe devotes over twice the space in the same chapter to a lesser writer, James Branch Cabell, who, she claims, countered Rawlings's realism with "absolute fantasy" (p.
Other books published this year included The King Was in His Counting House by James Branch Cabell, a novel; The Unvanquished by William Faulkner; the Selected Poems of John Gould Fletcher; The Fifth Column by Ernest Hemingway, a play dealing with the Spanish Civil War whose title came to mean a body of agents working secretly within a country to overthrow it; The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers; The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis; Land of the Free, poetry by Archibald MacLeish; Black Is My Truelove's Hair by Elizabeth Madox Roberts, a novel; and Uncle Tom's Children by Richard Wright, a collection of stories that heralded Wright's arrival as a writer.