Series I--Correspondence, 1860s-1960s
Scope and Contents
The collection contains James Branch Cabell’s personal papers along with materials by other creators related to Cabell. Cabell corresponded with a number of American and British authors such as H.L. Mencken, Ellen Glasgow, Sinclair Lewis, and Theodore Dreiser, as well as with family, friends, editors and publishers. Other materials of note include his manuscripts with Cabells handwritten edits, his notebooks containing information about his published works along with poems and other writings, and the materials found inside the books of his personal library. The materials provide insight into Cabell's writings and personal interests based upon the content he placed within the books of his collection.
Series I contains correspondence between Cabell and his contemporaries in the literary world, family and friends.
Series II includes various Cabell manuscripts as story ideas, notes, early drafts, school work, essays and poems.
Series III is composed primarily of materials found placed inside Cabell’s books and includes ephemera, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, etc.
Series IV are materials from the Cabell Society and contain correspondence between its founders and correspondence between Cabell and Nelson Bond and Cabell and Frederick Eddy.
Series V has materials related to the book Between Friends: Letters of James Branch Cabell and Others, edited by Padraic Colum and Margaret Freeman Cabell.
Series VI consists of various criticisms of Cabell’s writings, most of which were collected by Jean Maurice Duke while writing James Branch Cabell: A Reference Guide.
Series VII includes works by Cabell printed in various periodicals. He often published essays, short stories, and other fiction in periodicals before later revising them into book form. The majority of this series is made up of bound volumes. Each volume is named for a published Cabell book and contains the full periodical where the content originally appeared before he developed it into a book.
Series VIII contains plays, poems, and other works inspired by Cabell’s work.
Series IX includes scrapbooks and notebooks containing clippings, letters, notes, poems, and other writings by Cabell.
The collection is open to research.
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Part of the VCU James Branch Cabell Library Repository
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