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Their fate was high adventure - with an ending none of them could foresee.
Dom Manuel - the high Count of Poictesme, who was everywhere esteemed the most lucky and the least scrupulous rogue of his times - had disappeared out of his castle at Storisende without any reason or forewarning, upon the feast day of St. Michael and All the Angels, much to the confusion and dismay of his subjects...
James Branch Cabell (1897-1958)
James Branch Cabell was born in Richmond, Virginia, to an affluent and well-connected family. He was a well-regarded American fantasy author who mostly wrote mannered and witty fantasies set in a "land of fable" Europe, the largest body of which he assimilated as episodes in the Biography of the Life of Manuel. Although now largely forgotten by the general public, his work was remarkably influential on later authors of fantasy fiction. James Blish was a fan of Cabell's works, and for a time edited Kalki, the journal of the Cabell Society. Robert A. Heinlein was greatly inspired by Cabell's boldness, and originally described his famous book Stranger in a Strange Land as "a Cabellesque satire."