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James Branch Cabell (1879-1956) is best known for his tales of the imaginary land of Poictesme, where chivalry and gallantry live on.

In this volume we meet the novelist, Felix Kennaston, who lives in parallel worlds. One of these is with his wife in their suburban Virginia home and genteel society. The other is with the beautiful Lady Ettarre, who shares his travels through space and time to meet, among many others, Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, and the Emperor Tiberius. Lusty and magical, romantic and rueful, subtly erotic and laced with sardonic humor, this absorbing book is highly regarded as a masterwork of Fantasy literature.

"A book of dreams it is, and of very wonderful dreams." (Sinclair Lewis)

"A curious, singular and enchanting book. I have read it with admiration and delight." (Arthur Machen)

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the story of life, meaning, relations. a fantasy that is more real than fantastic. in the voice of multiple observers.