What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage ?
James Branch Cabell in the Twenty-first Century
With a preface by Barry Humphries
Critical monograph examining the writings of Virginia fantasist James Branch Cabell (1879-1958), author of Jurgen .
6 x 9 inches, viii+54 pp.
E-booke forthcoming August 2016.
Price $10.00 (in pdf, mobi, & epub formats, DRM free), distributed by Weightless Books.
ISBN : ISBN 0-9961359-3-6 ISBN-13 : 978-0-9961359-3-1
It is hard to imagine today the magnitude of James Branch Cabell’s
fame in the early part of the last century. Cabell’s books were Mark Twain’s
chief reading in the great humorist’s declining years. Theodore Roosevelt
received him at the White House. The occultist Aleister Crowley harried
him with fan letters. H. L. Mencken was his advocate. Sinclair
Lewis, accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, mentioned him as
one of a number of writers who might reasonably have won it.
Yet he died as good as forgotten.
is author of the Hugo finalist Hope-in-the-Mist
a monograph on the life and writings of
of Hope Mirrlees (also an e-booke from Weightless Books
). His novels include The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, Jack Faust, Stations of the Tide
, and Chasing the Phoenix
, and his short story collections include Gravity’s Angels, The Dog Said Bow-Wow
, and Not So Much, Said the Cat
(new from Tachyon).
BARRY HUMPHRIES is an Australian National Treasure, known worldwide
for creating the role of Dame
What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage ? was originally published 31 October 2007 in an edition of 17 numbered copies, hand
sewn and bound in a green cloth binding incorporating the original cloth covered
boards of the Storisende edition, signed by Michael Swanwick and Barry Humphries, each copy with a leaf signed by James
Branch Cabell. The edition was fully subscribed before publication. A trade issue, 200 copies in paper
covers, distributed at World Fantasy Convention 2007, has sold out.
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"Cabell is a problematic author [. . .] for
those interested in learning more about Cabell there can hardly be a better
or more readable beginning than Swanwick’s monograph."
— James Sallis, Fantasy & Science
"Swanwick is an engaging critic, and his enthusiasm for what he likes is infectious . . . . There is gold in the past as well as in the present, and it’s nice to have writers like Swanwick point out the treasures."
— Douglas A. Anderson
— John Clute, Excessive Candour, SFW 3 Sept 07
"This is the best literary monograph I have read in a long time."
— Darrell Schweitzer, NYRSF April 2008
"Michael Swanwick has ranged the considerable length . . .
of the Cabell oeuvre, and come back with good news about the good stuff to
found there. If, say, the Library of America decides
it needs a suitable editor to bring James Branch Cabell into the Black Jacket
Club, I know just the man for the job."
— Steven Hart, author of The Last Three Miles
". . . a keen eye for Cabell’s wit, inventiveness, and (yes) ribald good humor"
— Gregory Feeley, Philadelphia Inquirer
Orders to : Weightless Books.