Virginia History Series 
Historical Hall of Fame:  James Branch Cabell, (1879-1958) was an Virginia author of fantasy fiction who later became a historian
James Branch Cabell, /'kębal'/;was a Virginia author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres. Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when his literary works were most popular.  His most exhaustive work was the 18-volume Biography of the Life of Manuel. 
According to historian Jim Glanville, "Cabell is arguably the most famous Virginian ever to have lived in Northumberland Co."  Glanville notes that Cabell's historical writings focused on the "... history of Florida and its relationship to the history of the Northern Neck of Virginia."  In particular, Cabell (the historian) focused on the Jesuit missionaries and the activities of the Virginia native Paquiquineo (called Don Luis de Velasco by the Spanish) in his historical novel The First Gentleman of America: A Comedy of Conquest (1942).
In 1970, Virginia Commonwealth University, also located in Richmond, named its main campus library the "James Branch Cabell Library" in his honor. In the 1970s, Cabell's library and personal papers were moved from his home on Monument Avenue in Richmond to the James Branch Cabell Library.
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Selected Works by James Branch Cabell:
Biography of the Life of Manuel is a series of novels, essays and poetry by James Branch Cabell. It purports to trace the life, illusions and disillusions of Dom Manuel, Count of Poictesme (a fictional province of France - see above map), and of his physical and spiritual descendants through many generations.