James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CERTAIN HOUR (Dizain des Po√ętes)


"Ballad of the Double Soul"
Auctorial Introduction (written for the first printing of The Certain Hour, and incorporates "On The Mercifulness of Being Vital", Richmond News Leader, May, 1914; "Vitality en Vogue", Sewanee Review, January, 1915; and Author "Discusses Public with Non-literary Tastes", a letter, Boston Herald, December, 1913)
Belhs Cavaliers (originally published in Lippincott's Magazine, June, 1915)
Balthazar's Daughter (originally published in The Smart Set, May, 1913)
Judith's Creed (originally published in Lippincott's Magazine, July, 1915)
Concerning Corinna
Olivia's Pottage (originally titled "The Second Chance", published in Harper's Magazine, October, 1909)
A Brown Woman (originally published in Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1915)
Pro Honoria (originally published in McBride's Magazine, September, 1915)
The Irresistible Ogle (originally published in McBride's Magazine, October, 1915)
A Princess of Grub Street (originally titled "Prince Fribble's Burial", published in The Red Book, May 1911)
The Lady of All Our Dreams (originally titled "The Dream", published in The Argonaut, November 23, 1912)
"Ballad of Plagiary"

When the first revised edition [CH-A2 (K)] was issued in 1920, Mr. Cabell added a passage on page (8) that purported to be an excerpt from The Terrible and Marvellous History of Manuel Pig-Tender That Afterwards Was Named Manuel the Redeemer. This addition tied The Certain Hour to The Biography of Manuel by identifying the protagonists of these stories with the ten clay figures that Manuel created in Figures of Earth, and which were brought to life by Freydis, once the High Queen the Audela, "each in his certain hour".