JAMES BRANCH CABELL SIGNED CARD, "F. F. Patrick, with the best wishes of James Branch Cabell, 27 March, 1924", on 3 x 2 card, by the American author of fantasy fiction and Belles-Lettres. In fine condition.
James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles-lettres. Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken, Edmund Wilson, and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when they were most popular. Cabell's best-known book, Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice (1919), was the subject of a celebrated obscenity case shortly after its publication. The case went on for two years before Cabell and his publisher, Robert M. McBride, won: the "indecencies" were double entendres that also had a perfectly decent interpretation, though it appeared that what had actually offended the prosecution most was a joke about papal infallibility. Cabell published fifty-two books, including novels, genealogies, collections of short stories, poetry, and miscellanea. Although now largely forgotten by the general public, his work was remarkably influential on later authors of fantasy fiction.