James Branch Cabell was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres . Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken. Jurgen [James Branch Cabell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. James Branch Cabell’s career was short-lived – his works fit neatly within. James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice went before a court in and became a bestseller, but today Cabell has met the fate of.

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Brnach Comedy of Limitations 3. Rider Haggard and Bulwer-Lytton. Do you need your books to have a strong driving plot, with no time for diversions and amusing episodes? One of the most-talked-about works of the s, this compelling fantasy recounts the odyssey of a middle-aged pawnbroker who regains his youth for a year of amorous adventures.

He wanders the mythological realms, taking up with Guenevere, the Lady of the Lake, a wood dryad in the realm of Queen Helen, and with several other women besides. And songs he made for the pleasure of kings, and sword-play he made for the pleasure of men, and a whispering he made for the pleasure of women, in places where renown was, and where he trod boldly, giving pleasure to everybody in those fine days. Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner.

One of the funniest serious books about American culture I’ve ever read. Cabell is fascinating apparently he was Mark Twain’s favorite author towards the end of his life. A weird tale, to be sure, but pretty amusing, perhaps particularly in its observations on religion. For he was a dear lad, before he went rampaging through the world, in the pride of his youth and in the armour of his hurt.

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James Branch Cabell (Author of Jurgen)

This is a theme we can all relate to, and must address one way or another as we seek a philosophical framework that will carry us forward through this brancn life. It’s impossible to read Jurgen and not hear “The Princess Bride. Indeed, he was friends with and a supporter of several female writers judgen his day — particularly with fellow Virginian Ellen Glasgow, a writer who confrontationally stressed the exploitation and victimhood of women at the hands of men.


For you and I are going a queer way, in search of justice, over the grave of a dream and through the malice of time. Carter also contributed articles to one of the more prominent Cabellian journals yes, there used to be multiple Cabellian journals.

Jurgen (Saga of Poictesme) by James Branch Cabell

I believe it was a huge hit back when it was published. The story is witty, cynical, irreverent, full of double entendres, bittersweet and totally fun. I read the Dover edition and the introduction is quite apt.

I thought in the german novel “The adventurer Simplex Simpliccissimus” was written by Grimelhausen, without transcendence and high moral register of the german novel.

Like a good mediaeval man as our school-years readings of the Canterbury Tales have taught us allhe continually resorts to quoting the auctoritees to justify his actions.

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice by James Branch Cabell

Although it does ramp up a little toward the end, for the most part this is a comfortable book that ambles amusingly from place to place. A fantasy classic from Views Read Edit View history.

Sexual Content 19 80 Jkrgen 24, The Echo Library Availability: James Branch Cabell, a geneologist by trade, was one of the more risque “mainstream” writers of my grandmother’s generation. Perhaps, though, the best starting place to describe Jurgen is the prose style, which is elegant and jame times beautiful. I was named after this book! InGuy Holt his editor and publisher who was also named in the court case published Jurgen and the Law, A Statement.

If you aren’t immediately likely to have time to read the book, but you are considering maybe one day getting around to juregn it to your TBR pile, then do, please, feel free to read this review… Full review – but fair warning, it’s long – can be found over on my blog What I am also reading in December. T This is my favorite book.

For Cabell, veracity was “the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against human welfare. To quote the author, “This fable is, as the world itself, a book wherein each man will find what his nature enables him to see; which gives us back each his own image; and which teaches us each the lesson that each of us desires to learn. And living seemed to Jurgen a wasteful and inequitable process.

But now we come to the other camp, and here there is no room for forgiveness. He travels through a series of fantasy kingdoms in which King Arthur and Achilles are alive and well and through a series of allegorical vistas Gulliver would be envious of.


Jurgen is not an epic, but, at least superficially, a picaresque. For example, in Robert Heinlein’s books, you’ll find several not-so-subtle tributes to Cabell and Jurgen. It is not easy for the perceptive critic to doubt [the literary permanence cabdll James Branch Cabell]. The people whom he loved when at his best as cabelll fine young fellow were so very soon, and through petty causes, to become nothing to him, brancg he himself was to be converted into a commonplace tradesman.

Plainly, this wife of yours is the sort of person who cannot be tolerated by anybody short of the angels. Still not hidden enough, at least at first, as the book was banned on first publication. It’s the tale of Jurgen, a pawnbroker of medieval France and a “monstrous clever fellow”, who inadvertently converses with a supernatural being and thus enters into a strange personal odyssey.

And I think that gets to the crux of it as regards Cabell too. Aside from the above quibbles, I did feel that Cabell is best at the grand satire, the satire of life and of things as they are, rather than the narrow satires of contemporary issues — I understood and sympathised with his criticisms of early 20 th century American democracy, but I felt that the more specific, and cabell more bitter, he became, the more tiresome he got [the dullest part is his pastiche of Thelema].

Cabell is also fond of anagrams, so we end up with a classical city under attack by the forces of logical Philistia, worshipping a god called “Vel-Tyno” “Novelty”. Jurgen’s allegorical journey leads through a supernatural dreamscape to romances with Guenevere and The Lady of the Lake and confrontations with God and the Devil.

I think Jurgen has a lot to say about men’s changing relationship with women over the course of their brsnch, at least from an early 20th century perspective.