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James Branch Cabell

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. . .s a tribute, however trivial, which serves at least to express my appreciation of your zeal in re-establishing what seemed to the less optimistic a lost cause. I may to-day confess without much embarrassment that after fifteen years of foiled endeavors my (various) publishers and I had virtually decided that the printing of my books was not likely ever to come under the head of a business venture, but was more properly describable as a rather costly form of dissipation. People here and there would praise, but until you, unsolicited, had volunteered to make me known to the general public, nobody seemed appreciably moved to purchase.


One by one my books had "fallen dead" with disheartening monotony: then—through what motive it would savor of ingratitude to inquire,—you came to remedy all this in the manner of a philanthropic sorcerer, brandishing everywhither your vivifying wand, and the dead lived again. At once, they tell me, the patr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

In response to the censorship of "Jurgen," Cabell wrote "Taboo." In the actual book, "Jurgen," the titular hero travels to the land of Leukê to meet Helen of Troy, who resides in Pseudopolis, a city inhabited entirely by figures from Greek mythology. The city is invaded by Queen Delores of Philistia

Interesting enough and funny enough but not much too it. Pretty straightforward bit of satire about the censorship case surrounding the publishing of Jurgen.

A little heavy handed for my taste but also still obscure with what/who exactly certainly elements are meant to represent.

Also his first argu