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Gibbs, Lewis

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of UK author Joseph Walter Cove (1891-1972), whose writing career began after active service in World War One. He is now remembered mainly for his biographies, though some of his fiction is of interest. In Parable for Lovers (1934), which is Fantasy, an expatriate Englishman falls in love with a wood-nymph in Greece. In his sf novel, Late Final (1951), an Englishman parachutes into England after World War Three, where he finds London to be a depopulated ruin (see Last Man), and the Home Counties reverted to savagery. [JC]

Joseph Walter Cove

born Mortlake, Surrey: 10 May 1891

died Purley, Surrey: 16 December 1972


  • Parable for Lovers (London: J M Dent and Co, 1934) [illus/hb/Rex Whistler]
  • Late Final (London: J M Dent and Company, 1951) [hb/uncredited]


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