Talk:James Branch Cabell

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Former good article nomineeJames Branch Cabell was a Language and literature good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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February 25, 2009Good article nomineeNot listed

Portions of this page appear to have been copied[edit]

Portions of this page appear to have been copied from [1] without permission.

Or perhaps it is the other way around. I am not sure!-- Dominus 02:16, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

Looks like [2] has been around longer (per the Wayback machine). Reverted to pre-copyvio version.--Duk 08:01, 24 May 2005 (UTC)

Romance languages[edit]

Greek isn't a Romance language! -Branddobbe 18:39, 5 March 2006 (UTC)


The first quote reads as follows: For Cabell, veracity was "the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against human welfare."[1] Something is fundamentally wrong here. Veracity (truth) is the unpardonable sin? Consider T.H. Huxley's variant: “The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.” John M. Barry, The Great Influenza, p. 13. Perhaps the some words are missing from the quote and it should read: "Offenses against veracity. . . .?" Can someone look up the quote and make the correction? Menckenire (talk) 22:00, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Surely you know how to use a search engine. The quote is correct. The text in Cabell says: "For, as has been said before, an inveterate Sophocles notes clearly that veracity is the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against human welfare." You can find it in Between Dawn and Sunrise and Beyond Life.
Maybe this interpretation from Harold Bloom will illuminate it for you: "The ordinary doings of mankind are not the concern of the artist: "veracity is the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against human welfare." This is a denial of the importance of facts, not a denial of truth in the ultimate sense, "for in life no fact is received as truth until the percipient has conformed and colored it to suit his preferences." Carlstak (talk) 14:07, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

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