James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) was an American author best known for his work Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice (1919). During the 1920s, Cabell enjoyed literary success and the high regard of his peers, including writers as diverse as H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, and Carl Van Vechten. Considered a forerunner of American fantasy fiction, his work is applauded today by writers and artists including Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess. After his death in 1958, his widow, Margaret Freeman Cabell, undertook a number of efforts to secure his literary legacy. She actively corresponded with members of the James Branch Cabell Society (originally founded as the Fellowship of the Silver Stallion) and the Cabell Society, two groups who issued periodicals about Cabell's life and writing.

The first of these was Kalki, which began as a mimeographed fanzine in 1965 and grew into a quarterly journal that published until 1993.

The second Cabell publication, The Cabellian: A Journal of the Second American Renaissance, was the product of a literary society. This group put out eight issues from 1968 to 1972 and sponsored three Cabell-related sessions at the annual MLA convention.

For more on the life and work of James Branch Cabell, see https://jamesbranchcabell.library.vcu.edu/


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The Cabellian: A Journal of the Second American Renaissance