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The Cords of Vanity

(1909)
(A book in the Saga of Poictesme series)
A novel by

 
James Branch Cabell (1879-1956) is best known for his tales of the imaginary land of Poictesme, where chivalry and galantry live on. All of Cabell&#226;&#128;(tm)s works from before 1930 (including The Cords of Vanity, an otherwise &#226;&#128;&#156;mainstream&#226;&#128;&#157; novel) were assembled into the grand &#226;&#128;&#156;Biography of the Life of Manuel,&#226;&#128;&#157; the supposed redeemer of the land of Poictesme, and they form a series which follows Manuel and his descendants through the centuries. Cabell has been a favorite author of many famous writers, raniging from Lin Carter to Robert A. Heinlein. THE CORDS OF VANITY Introduction by Wilson Follett &#226;&#128;&#156;Mr. Cabell gives an airy chronicle of the love affairs of his hero, Robert Townsend, who has adopted &#226;&#128;&#156;infancy&#226;&#128;&#157; as a profession, and never gets out of boyhood. Townsend is also one of the self-hypnotized persons who, in the moment of saying it, believes everything that he says, and thus romances alluringly of himself with no regard to the fetters of fact&#226;&#128;"truly a captivating liar. In this &#226;&#128;&#156;higher carelessness&#226;&#128;&#157; all his contradictions and repetitions are merged into a fine unity. By playing at emotion so long he finally breaks down the inward integrities, so that he is not able to realize when he is acting a part and when he is sincere. And his sin overtakes him in the circumstance that, having played at love so long, he finally is not able to love anybody in reality.&#226;&#128;&#157; &#226;&#128;"Edwin Markham, in N. Y. American

Genre: Fantasy
 
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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 0-554-32346-X / 978-0-554-32346-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Cords of Vanity (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 0-554-23043-7 / 978-0-554-23043-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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May 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4219-0822-0 / 978-1-4219-0822-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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February 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4142-7470-X / 978-1-4142-7470-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity: A Comedy of Shirking (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-331-67978-8 / 978-1-331-67978-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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May 2016 : Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-5333-7803-7 / 978-1-5333-7803-3
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): Cabell James Branch 1879-1958
ISBN: 1-313-36060-0 / 978-1-313-36060-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress Publishing
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August 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-153-69888-9 / 978-1-153-69888-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-176-24910-X / 978-1-176-24910-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-115-48222-X / 978-1-115-48222-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-115-48223-8 / 978-1-115-48223-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-115-48224-6 / 978-1-115-48224-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-115-48225-4 / 978-1-115-48225-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4068-4135-8 / 978-1-4068-4135-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Echo Library
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October 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity: A Comedy of Shirking
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4264-3585-1 / 978-1-4264-3585-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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October 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity: A Comedy of Shirking
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4264-3636-X / 978-1-4264-3636-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4219-0823-9 / 978-1-4219-0823-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-4142-7471-8 / 978-1-4142-7471-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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July 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: The Cords of Vanity
Author(s): James Branch Cabell
ISBN: 1-58715-474-9 / 978-1-58715-474-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Borgo Press
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