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- adj. Of or pertaining to James Branch Cabell (1879–1958), American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres.
It is not only that the book, once standing isolated, has been brought into the Cabellian canon, and so related to "Jurgen" and "Figures of Earth" at one end, and to the tales of latter-day Virginia at the other; it is that the whole texture has been worked over, and the colors made more harmonious, and the inner life of the thing given a fresh energy.
According to Robert Etheridge Townsend, "a man writes admirable prose not at all for the sake of having it read, but for the more sensible reason that he enjoys playing solitaire" -- a not un-Cabellian saying.
With its interrelation of figures and interweaving of themes, the Cabellian "Biography" assumes the solidity and shapeliness of a fugue, a composition in which all the voices speak with equal precision and recurring clarity.
In this satirical fantasy novel written with Cabellian wit, the rebel angels are portrayed in a manner that parodies the anarchists of the time.
Robert Heinlein borrowed the Cabellian view in Job: A Comedy of Justice.