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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Is it a great book or, at least, the major fantasy novel some claim it to be? It is almost impossible to overstate the book’s influence. Cabell is jurrgen apparently he was Mark Twain’s favorite author towards the end of his life.

James Branch Cabell (Author of Jurgen)

Jurgen The Biography of Manuel, 7 3. Post was not sent – check juren email addresses! Jurgen a Comedy of Justice Author s: If so, you should read this book.

Return to Book Page. Part of it is his own decisions: Peter Smith Pub Inc Availability: But if the author does tend to see the women in his life as objects and symbols… well, maybe we all struggle to see cabdll people in our lives as people, rather than as the backdrop to our own epics.

This by and by will be a struggling pale corruption, like seething milk. Anyway, he has gotten on in age to eight and forty years jmes wishes he could do it all over again, this time rightly. A weird tale, to be sure, but pretty amusing, perhaps particularly in its observations on religion. I have never read anything quite like Jurgen before.


December Jan 01, He is always putting everyone else down. It covers an amazing amount of ground. An exegesis of male foolishness.

I would find myself grinning broadly within a few paragraphs almost every time Murgen picked it up. We deduce that your Empress must be in Heaven. Everything here has a purpose; everything means something. She was a high-spirited woman, with no especial gift for silence At the start of his Odyssey, Jurgen is a forty-something member of the middle class, who once considered himself a poet, and who still can use sophistic arguments to demonstrate that black is white in order to get out of sticky situations.

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice; by James Branch Cabell

Still not hidden enough, at least at first, as the book was banned on first publication. Feb 16, Richard Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Certainly the Praxagorean system of mathematics is a fascinating study when applied to anatomy. When Cabell underwent a brief revival in fame after his death, when some of his work came back into print in the s, it was marketed at the burgeoning fantasy audience, and the response from more literary observers was scornful — if you try to find literary appraisals of Cabell from a few decades ago, from outside his fandom and from outside fantasy, you can find a quite unpleasantly sneering tone, in no small part through his association with the then-abominated fantasy genre.


And anyway, at least half of the names Jurgen drops in conversation are invented, and it would be useless to check them on wikipedia believe me, I’ve tried looking up King Penpingon Vreichvras ap Mylwald Glasanief.

I have greatly enjoyed his puns and bedroom games, but this is hardly the stuff that would get a book banned. You may be right in all matters, and certainly, I cannot presume to say you are wrong, but still, at the same time…NO. The book is full of Jurgen’s sexual exploits, though couched as double entendres. No matter what others do, Jurgen will never commit to anything more than a mild criticism of their tactlessness or unfashionable conduct.

He doesn’t accepts the dogma blindly, but he also doesn’t reject divinity out of hand. But fantasy is bigger now, and more mainstream. 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.