Fantasy Novelists by Salem Press, Carl Rollyson

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From 1932 to 1935, Cabell—like Sherwood Anderson, George Jean Nathan, Eugene O’Neill, and Theodore Dreiser—attempted to rekindle the vital skepticism of the 1920’s, serving as editor of the American Spectator; he soon realized, however, that his efforts to enlighten the public were useless. In the mid-1930’s, Cabell suffered from repeated attacks of pneumonia, and Priscilla developed severe arthritis; thus, they frequently sought relief in the warm climate of St. Augustine, Florida. There, Priscilla died of heart failure on March 29, 1949.

Night descends on the Dnieper, and each of several characters dreams of something far beyond the petty intrigues of daylight Kiev. As in all of Bulgakov’s fictions, a foregrounded narrative voice, relying on rhetorical questions, playful and ingenious connections and summaries, and an overtly evocative landscape, impels the reader beyond the trifles of wars and words. Black Snow Black Snow, an unfinished work, was discovered in 1965 by the commission established during the post-Stalin thaw to rehabilitate Bulgakov.

The publication, in 1925, of parts of The White Guard, based on his experiences in Kiev during the civil war, dramatically changed his life in ways recounted in the autobiographical novel Black Snow. Bulgakov’s work came to the attention of the producers of the Moscow Art Theater, and he was asked to adapt The White Guard for the stage. The result, after considerable revision, was Days of the Turbins, which opened in October, 1926, to intense, polarized reaction. Bulgakov was harshly attacked for portraying the opponents of Bolshevism too sympathetically, but the play proved enormously popular.

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