James Branch Cabell

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James Branch Cabell

America 1879 – 1958

As a Fantasy writer, his motto Mundus Vult Decipi, meaning “the world wishes to be deceived”; “The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true”;


Edgar Allan Poe; Arthur Conan Doyle; Thomas De Quincey; Robert Louis Stevenson; Lord Dunsany; H. Rider Haggard; Aleister Crowley;


Robert Heinlein; Fritz Leiber; Charles G. Finney; Clark Ashton Smith; Jack Vance; Neil Gaiman; Arthur Machen; Algernon Blackwood; Roger Dobson; Mark Valentine; Paul Jordan-Smith;


Mark Twain; H. L. Mencken; Sinclair Lewis; Theodore Dreiser; Ellen Glasgow; Priscilla Bradley Shepherd, 1st wife; Margaret Waller Freeman, 2nd wife;


John H. Sumner and the Society for Suppression of Vice


American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1937;


Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice (1919), contains a Thelemic Gnostic Mass; The Silver Stallion; Taboo; The Biography of Manuel; Figures of Earth; Biography, 1932; The Eagle's Shadow (1904); The Cords of Vanity (1909); The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck (1915); The First Gentleman of America: A Comedy of Conquest (1942); The Nightmare Has Triplets (trilogy comprising Smirt (1934), Smith (1935), and Smire (1937)); The Heirs and Assigns trilogy, comprising Hamlet Had an Uncle (1940), The King Was in His Counting House (1938), and The First Gentleman of America (1942): The It Happened in Florida trilogy, comprising The St. Johns (written in collaboration with A. J. Hanna), There Were Two Pirates (1946), and The Devil's Own Dear Son (1949); Anecdotia Americana


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