The Bibliographies:
Who was James Branch Cabell?
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Welcome to the Silver Stallion Jurgen

The Silver Stallion Jurgen : The James Branch Cabell Website

One Hundred Years Ago Today

James Branch Cabell's most famous novel, Jurgen, was first published by Robert M. McBride on September 27, 1919, exactly one hundred years ago today. To recognize this unique occasion, we've temporarily renamed our site in the novel's honor.

The story of how Jurgen was banned and finally exonerated has been told too many times to need repeating here. For those who want to brush up on the tale, it's covered in some detail in Jurgen and the Censor, Hall A4, and in many places on the web. Mr. Cabell, his sword and lance firmly in hand, recognized the boost that the furore gave to his career by dedicating Taboo (1921) to John S. Sumner, the head of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, who was responsible for having Jurgen declared obscene. You can read the full text of the dedicatory essay by clicking on the image of the book's "plain brown wrapper" dust jacket below.


Our aim at The Silver Stallion Jurgen is to provide an on-line meeting place for scholars, fans and collectors of the work of James Branch Cabell (1879-1958).  Cabell has been many things to many people: a crafter of magazine stories, a purveyor of ribald fantasies, a polemical belle-lettrist, a historical novelist, and a derided has-been; a constructor of dream-narratives, a revisionist historian, a memoirist; and a collector's dream -- and after his death a Southern allegorist, an also-ran Tolkien, and a literary suicide. He was brilliant and infuriating, versatile and repetitive, courtly and waspish,  eloquent and grandiloquent. On our website you'll find reflections of all these aspects of Cabell -- and more...  We offer reviews and essays, notes and queries; and a discussion group (Cabell's sources? Cabell's anagrams? Cabell's heirs? -- lets talk!) We've compiled a list of dozens of links to other Cabell and Cabell-related material on the internet.  We have pictures and biographical material. We plan to reprint choice pieces from the archives of the classic Cabell journals "Kalki" and "The Cabellian." And the crown jewels of The Silver Stallion are our series of Cabell bibliographies (still under construction, as, at the moment, is the whole site), profusely illustrated with hundreds of images, both rare and common, with comments on each book, including collecting 'points'.  Which Cabell do you favor? He's in here somewhere...

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