(1902-1972) US academic, noted in later life for his editorship of the Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961), which was heavily attacked for its "permissive" retreat from the prescriptive authority of its predecessors; less controversially, he is of sf interest for The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction: A History of its Criticism and a Guide for its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800 (1941). Though in no sense a book about sf per se, it is one of the most important and reliable tools for the researcher into eighteenth-century Fantastic Voyages, and into the linked study of the Robinsonade; it remains extremely useful many decades after its first publication. [PN/JC]
see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF.
Philip Babcock Gove
born Concord, New Hampshire: 27 June 1902
died Warren, Massachusetts: 16 November 1972
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