2017 Thumbnail Review #6 From the Hidden Way/The Jewel Merchants by James Branch Cabell

From the Hidden Way is a collection of all Cabell’s poetry, notionally assigned to Robert Townsend, the fictional author from The Cords of Vanity (qv). As such it should be read as an adjunct to that work. It consists mainly of imitations of renaissance verse forms, but has some effective moments, such as pieces about Troy and about Venus.

The Jewel Merchants is Cabell’s only (1-act) play, and is a typical Cabellian sardonic musing on the nature of love.