A Guide to the James Branch Cabell Collection Cabell, James Branch. 5298-v

A Guide to the James Branch Cabell Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 5298-v


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
5298-v
Title
James Branch Cabell Collection 1932-1956
Extent
24 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

James Branch Cabell Collection, Accession 5298-v, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

Transfer, 1992 June 24

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities



Item Listing

Letters
  • James Branch Cabell, Richmond, to John Cook Wyllie
    1932 Mar 25
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Thanks Wyllie for sending a magazine which proved to be of strong interest to Cabell.]

  • John Cook Wyllie, University of Virginia, to James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1937 May 29
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Asks Cabell for one of the ninety-seven copies of his book discussing Ellen Glasgowfor the Virginiacollection of rare books and manuscripts at the University of Virginia. ]

  • James Branch Cabell, Richmond, to John Cook Wyllie
    1938 Apr 7
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Expresses pleasure after reading his article on contemporary Virginialiterature and confesses that he too has puzzled over "what a Virginian is?"]

  • Francis L. Berkeley, Jr., University of Virgina, to James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1947 Mar 18
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Makes a case for Cabell leaving his papers and manuscripts in the care and safekeeping of the Manuscripts Department of the University of Virginiabecause 1) a great writer's papers should be at a University and neither of the two Richmondinstitutions is interested in collecting contemporary material and 2) the University of Virginia Libraryalready has related papers, such as the Joseph C. Cabell Papers and the Cabell-Carrington Papers.]

  • James Branch Cabell, St. Augustine, Florida, to Francis L. Berkeley, Jr., University of Virginia
    1947 Mar 26
    TLS, 1 p. w/env

    [Agrees to weigh carefully Berkeley's request to make the University of Virginiathe repository for his papers and gives his best wishes ("unflavored with any special optimism") to the University in its pursuit of the Ellen Glasgowpapers with Mrs. Van Doren.]

  • Francis L. Berkeley, Jr., University of Virginia, to James Branch Cabell, St. Augustine, Florida
    1947 Mar 31
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Thanks Cabell for giving serious consideration to his request for the University to be the depository of his papers and informs him of Mrs. Van Doren's response to his letter seeking the Ellen Glasgowpapers, "So far there has been no decision made about the permanent disposal of Miss Glasgow's papers and manuscripts. I may say, however, that Mr. Morley and I have discussed --and with considerable favor --the University of Virginia as a repository."]

  • Francis L. Berkeley, Jr., University of Virgina, to James Branch Cabell, St. Augustine, Florida
    1948 Mar 2
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Notifies Cabell of "a beautiful group of Cabell first editions" given to the Library by Mrs. T. Catesby Joneswhich includes the New York, 1919, Jurgen, and the LondonJurgenof 1921, and makes another plea for Cabell's papers.]

  • James Branch Cabell, St. Augustine, Florida, to Francis L. Berkeley, Jr.
    1948 Mar 6
    TLS, 1 p. w/env

    [Acknowledges news of the gift of Mrs. T. Catesby Jonesto the Library of Cabell first editions with the comment, "I admit that I very much dislike the first edition of any book by me, upon the rational ground that it invariably contains errors which the printer and I have united to contribute."]

  • James Branch Cabell, Poynton Lodge, Ophelia, Virginia, to Francis L. Berkeley, Jr.
    1953 Jul 27
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Informs Berkeley that although he has spent all spring weeding out his files and papers keeping only those items he was willing to preserve he has not yet decided upon their ultimate deposition.]

  • Francis L. Berkeley, Jr.to James Branch Cabell, Poynton Lodge, Ophelia
    1953 Jul 30
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Discusses some advantages to an author who has a depository institution willing to cooperate with him to preserve his work and offers again to preserve them at the University of Virginia. ]

  • James Branch Cabell, Richmond, to John Cook Wyllie
    1955 Nov 13
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Shares his delight with Wyllie's review of his book As I Remember Itbut takes him to task for accusing him of "getting even" with Ellen Glasgow"whom I both loved and admired. She was, in addition to her other talents, a shrewd business woman who made the very utmost of her resources. That is all I had meant to convey"; he also expresses his joy that the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginiais going to publish Mrs. Frances J. Brewer's Cabell bibliography.]

  • John Cook Wyllieto James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1955 Nov 16
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Describes the progress with Mrs. Frances Brewer's Cabell bibliography which is to be published by the University of Virginia Press, offers to send a set of the galley proofs of the bibliography to Cabell and defends his discussion of Cabell and Ellen Glasgowin his review of Cabell's book.]

  • James Branch Cabell, Richmond, to John Cook Wyllie
    1956 Jan 7
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Asks for Wyllie to please send a set of the galley proofs of Mrs. Brewer's bibliography of his work and offers to suggest any recent additions that she may have missed; he also hesitates to write a preface to the fourth bibliography of his work because he feels that the theme may be exhausted but promises to see what he can do.]

  • James Branch Cabell, Richmond, to John Cook Wyllie
    1956 Apr 23
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Asks when Mrs. Brewer's bibliography will be published as he is leaving for the summer cottage where he will have little data with which to check any galley proofs.]

  • John Cook Wyllieto James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1956 Apr 25
    TLS (C), 2 p.

    [Discusses in great detail improvements that he believes should be made in Mrs. Brewer's Cabell bibliography by employing the Hinman collator.]

  • James Branch Cabellto John Cook Wyllie
    1956 May 1
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Confesses that he believes it will be impossible and unnecessary to compare all of his various editions on the Hinman machine as most of the changes were to correct errors by the printers and were not really revisions.]

  • John Cook Wyllieto James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1956 May 15
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Concedes that regarding his suggestions about the Cabell bibliography "that of the things that are necessary, only some of them are possible" and asks Cabell to let him know when he will return to Richmondin the fall "so that I can start annoying you anew."]

  • James Branch Cabell, Poynton Lodge, Ophelia, to John Cook Wyllie
    1956 Aug 29
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Believes Desmond Tarrant's Towards Jerusalem, for which he answered questions and supplied some general commentaries, was excellent, suggests he submit his treatise to the Bibliographical Society, and asks Wyllie to answer as many of Mrs. Brewer's questions as he can.]

  • John Cook Wyllieto James Branch Cabell, Poynton Lodge, Ophelia
    1956 Sep 10
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Informs Cabell that he has answered Mrs. Brewer's inquiries and that he is immersed in Desmond Tarrant's critical study of Towards Jerusalem. ]

  • James Branch Cabell, Poynton Lodge, Ophelia, to John Cook Wyllie
    1956 Sep 17
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Describes the visit of Mrs. Brewer to Poynton Lodge and asks his opinion of Tarrant's treatise.]

  • James Branch Cabell, Richmond, to John Cook Wyllie
    1956 Oct 24
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Informs him of his decision to sell some of his manuscripts and to present others to various libraries, including the University of Virginiaand asks for a list of competent appraisers.]

  • John Cook Wyllieto James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1956 Nov 1
    TLS (C), 1 p.

    [Sends the first galleys of both Mrs. Brewer's bibliography and Matthew Bruccoli's supplementary notes on the collections at the University of Virginia. ]

  • John Cook Wyllieto James Branch Cabell, Richmond
    1956 Nov 8
    TLS (C), 2 p.

    [Encloses a copy of Matthew Bruccoli's unfavorable assessment of Towards Jerusalemwhich parallels his own view that the book would need considerable reworking.]

  • James Branch Cabellto John Cook Wyllie
    1956 Nov 11
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Recommends that he write Tarrant "that the book, while containing much that is fine, needs overhauling. In the version that I have, the entire first fourth of the typescript is devoted to recent American authors in general, with just an occasional mention of Cabell --which is disproportionate, and would bewilder at outset almost any reader as to what exactly the book is to be about. These three chapters should be made into one chapter." He also believes that Tarrant should discuss more of his works than just the eighteen that are mentioned.]

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Desmond Tarrant
  • Ellen Glasgow
  • Frances Brewer
  • Frances J. Brewer
  • Francis L. Berkeley, Jr.
  • Francis L. Berkeley, Jr.
  • James Branch Cabell
  • John Cook Wyllie
  • Matthew Bruccoli
  • T. Catesby Jones