cover of Kalki: Studies in James Branch Cabell; a pawnbroker smiles at a woman passing by
Frank C. Papé illustrator
Kalki: Studies in James Branch Cabell vol. 9, no. 2, Whole no. 34 1988
Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

After James Branch Cabell’s death in 1958, his widow, Margaret Freeman Cabell undertook a number of efforts to secure his literary legacy. She collaborated with Padraic Colum to edit a collection of letters (Between Friends: Letters of James Branch Cabell and Others, 1962), founded the James Branch Cabell Society (now known as the James Branch Cabell Library Associates), and encouraged scholars and academics to write about her husband. She actively corresponded with members of two groups who published Cabell magazines.

The first of these was Kalki, which began as a mimeographed fanzine in 1965 and grew into a quarterly journal that published until 1993.

The second Cabell publication, The Cabellian: A Journal of the Second American Renaissance, was the product of a literary society. This group put out eight issues from 1968 to 1972 and sponsored three Cabell-related sessions at the annual MLA convention.