Originally Posted by Patricia
It was RSE who got me interested in the works of James Branch Cabell. Many of his novels seem to have a similar cyclical structure, and certain plot devices are used again: presumably JBC wanted to refine them. The writing style is wonderful; with a great sense of irony, and a feeling for mythology.
Very much of his work was cyclical. He went into much detail about his work in his letters. Unfortunately, they are not in the public domain.
He was not a popular writer, his style was far more elevated that the common American taste. That he was able to publish as much as he did was because of a famous obscenity case in 1920 over Jurgen. (Anyone who reads Jurgen today could not possible understand how it could have caused a scandal.) This brought his name into prominence, and let him publish until the end, although only in university presses at the last.
Ended up at where you started was a favorite formula of Cabell's....
(I hope to have The High Place
ready for Patricia in a week or so. That will complete the prose fiction of The Biography of Manuel
that is not in the US public Domain (all is in the Canadian public domain). Remaining from the Biography
will be a volume of poetry and two Books of Commentary. - And three trilogies created after the Biography