The Bibliographies:
Who was James Branch Cabell?
Collector's Corner

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A New Feature From The Silver Stallion:
Our Story for February - "An Amateur Ghost"

The Silver Stallion presents something new. Each month, we will showcase one of the many short stories James Branch Cabell published in monthly magazines and other periodicals. In keeping with his principal of literary economy, he revised and incorporated almost all of these stories into one of his longer works. For most of these works, the original versions are not easily available, (except, of course, in our own Contributions to Periodicals section). We enjoy seeing the changes that Mr. Cabell made when he adapted his short stories for the longer works, and we hope you will too.

To kick off this new effort, we are beginning with Cabell's earliest fantasy story, "An Amateur Ghost", which first appeared in The Argosy Magazine, no. 61, for February, 1902. Seventeen years later, this story, significantly revised, would appear as Chapters 16, "Divers Imbroglios of King Smoit," and 17, "About a Cock That Crowed Too Soon," in Jurgen. Clicking on the picture at left below will take you to the magazine version of the story. Click on the picture at right, and you'll find the equivalent chapters from Jurgen, as they were in the 1919 first printing. Both of these are presented as PDF files. You'll need to use your browser's BACK button to return to The Silver Stallion after accessing them.

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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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