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A Significant New Essay on The Cream of the Jest
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Branch Cabell's The Cream of the Jest. Cabellian Timo W. Virkkala celebrates this watershed work in a perceptive essay from his blog.
The new essay from Dom Timo helps kick off our expanded Notes and Essays section. This section is essentially a table of contents for, well, essays and notes found here and there on the Silver Stallion site, along with some from our close friends at Virginia Commonwealth University (home of the James Branch Cabell library). Other notes, blogposts, infodumps, etc can of course be found here and there on the internet – see our Links section.
Also making its first appearance on the site this month is a bibliography of writing about Mr. Cabell published between 1975 and 2015. This includes books, chapters and passages from books, articles, notes and reviews from scholarly journals, fanzines, the press and elsewhere, and is intended to supplement the about-Cabell compilations of Frances Brewer and Maurice Duke. These were published in 1958 and 1979 respectively and so do not cover the Cabellian fandom and scholarship of the last forty years. We welcome any additions or corrections you may have. (At some point in the future we hope to present another supplementary bibliography – writing about Cabell 1902-1975 which did not make the cut or otherwise eluded Brewer or Duke.)
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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