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   Cords of Vanity, The, by James Branch Cabell  
  Novel, first publication in February 1909 , latest edition in February 2004
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      James Branch Cabell (1879-1956) is best known for his tales of the imaginary land of Poictesme, where chivalry and galantry live on. All of Cabell's works from before 1930 (including The Cords of Vanity, an otherwise mainstream novel) were assembled into the grand "Biography of the Life of Manuel" the supposed redeemer of the land of Poictesme, and they form a series which follows Manuel and his descendants through the centuries. Cabell has been a favorite author of many famous writers, raniging from Lin Carter to Robert A. Heinlein. THE CORDS OF VANITY Introduction by Wilson Follett. Cabell gives an airy chronicle of the love affairs of his hero, Robert Townsend, who has adopted infancy as a profession, and never gets out of boyhood. Townsend is also one of the self-hypnotized persons who, in the moment of saying it, believes everything that he says, and thus romances alluringly of himself with no regard to the fetters of fact.

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  • Biography of the Life of Manuel (#15)

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  • Humor - Comedy - Satire
  • Literary Fantasy

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