The Bibliographies:
Who was James Branch Cabell?
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Our Story for March - "The Feathers of Olrun"

The short story we showcase this month is "The Feathers of Olrun", which first appeared in The Century Magazine, for December, 1919. In its original presentation, this story is only seven pages long, not including the two full page illustrations. Mr. Cabell expanded it significantly when he re-used it in Figures of Earth, published in 1921. In that work, Part I, The Book of Credit, was expanded from two short stories. The first five chapters are revised from "The Designs of Miramon". This story also first appeared in The Century Magazine, in the August, 1920 issue. The remainder of the first book, chapters VI through IX (pp. 50-72), are based on the story presented here. Clicking on the picture below will take you to the magazine version of the story, presented as aPDF file. You'll need to use your browser's BACK button to return to The Silver Stallion after accessing it.

feathers of olrun

Our aim at The Silver Stallion 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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