Full record for imaginative adj.

Definition pertaining to science fiction, fantasy, and horror; not realistic or mimetic (often in "imaginative fiction" or "imaginative literature")
OED requirements antedating 1936
Earliest cite Willis Conover, Jr. in Thrilling Wonder Stories
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "Science-Fiction Handbook". Fred Galvin submitted a 1936 cite from a letter by Willis Conover, Jr. in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted 1953 cites from Anthony Boucher, Rosalie Moore, and L. Sprague de Camp in Reginald Brentor's "Modern Science Fiction". Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter from Andy Lyon in Astounding. Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Wallace Weber in Thrilling Wonder Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Tom Pace in Startling Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Robert Bloch's "Some of My Best Fans Are Friends". Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from Robert Frazier in Fantastic Universe. Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Albert Hernhunter's "The Smiler".

Fred Galvin located the phrase "imaginative fiction" on a cover of Wonder Stories he found online, but the year isn't shown on the cover; the website says it is April 1936 -- we would like to verify this in a print copy.

John Locke submitted a cite from Hugo Gernsback's "Hugo Gernsback Tells" in an (unpaginated) electronic verion of Writer's Digest from April 1930; we would like to verify this in a print edition.

In addition to antedatings, we would like citations from the 1960s or later.

Last modified 6 July, 2008