James Branch Cabell

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James Branch Cabell (April 14, 1879 – May 5, 1958) was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres. Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when his works were most popular. For Cabell, veracity was "the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, ... more »

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  • ''The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.''
    James Branch Cabell (1879-1958), U.S. novelist, essayist. The Silver Stallion, bk. 4, ch. 26 (1926). See Bradley and Voltaire on optimism.
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