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Davenport, Basil

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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(1905-1966) US academic and anthologist. His connection with sf began with An Introduction to Islandia [for subtitle see Checklist] (1942 chap), a book about Islandia (1942) by Austin Tappan Wright; his introduction to Stephen Vincent Benét for that author's Selected Works (coll 1942 2vols) is strong and sympathetic. Then came a short critical and historical study, Inquiry into Science Fiction (1955 chap). Describing himself as a "toastmaster", Davenport also introduced (though Earl Kemp actually edited, anonymously) the critical anthology, The Science Fiction Novel: Imagination and Social Criticism (anth 1959; rev 1964), which contains lectures delivered by Alfred Bester, Robert Bloch, Robert A Heinlein and C M Kornbluth at a 1957 symposium at the University of Chicago. His Anthologies are in the main fantasy rather than sf, though Invisible Men (anth 1960) deals with the Invisibility theme in both genres. Three of these anthologies were compiled with the aid of Allen de Graeff, uncredited; it has been suggested that de Graeff may have edited them entirely. [PN]

see also: SF in the Classroom.

Basil Davenport

born Louisville, Kentucky: 7 March 1905

died New York: 7 April 1966



works as editor


Tales to Be Told

individual titles as editor

nonfiction works as editor


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