Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979

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Born New Zealand, migrated to Australia, M̀an of Letters', writer on language, particularly English.

From the description of Letter and leaflet. 1963-1964. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225828305

Eric Honeywood Partridge (1894-1979), author and lexicographer, was born in New Zealand, and was the son of John Thomas Partridge, grazier, and his wife Ethel Norris. In 1907 the family moved to Brisbane, Australia, where Partridge was educated at Toowoomba grammar school. He studied French and English at the University of Queensland, during which period he also served as a private during the First World War, where his interests in the 'underside' of language originated. He then became Queensland Travelling Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and taught at Manchester and London Universities before founding his own publishing firm Scholartis in 1927. This firm closed in 1931, at which point Routledge and Kegan Paul commissioned Partridge to write a dictionary of slang. This was eventually published as A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English in 1937, and was followed by other works on language (slang and etymology in particular). He wrote novels under the pseudonym Corris Denison, and also wrote professionally on tennis, which he played to a high standard. He married Agnes Dora Vye-Parminter in 1925, with whom he had a daughter. During the Second World War he joined the army education corps and later the correspondence department of the RAF. He died in Moretonhampstead, Devon, in 1979. Paul Beale, lexicographer (1933-1999), was handed the editorship of Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English in 1978 by Partridge himself, although Partridge continued to make further research notes towards the dictionary until a few weeks before his own death in 1979. The two men had become friends in 1974, when Beale wrote to Partridge to contribute slang words and phrases. Beale drew extensively on his own experiences of 21 years of service in the Intelligence Corps in his own considerable work of revisions on the dictionary. He also worked as a librarian and contributed slang and colloquial phrases to the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary .

From the guide to the Papers of Eric Partridge and Paul Beale relating to English slang, 1974-1999, (University of Exeter)

Born in Gisborne, N.Z., Partridge attended Toowoomba Grammar School and the University of Queensland. He lived in Cambooya, Qld., and worked as a teacher before enlisting on 23 Apr. 1915 (no. 394) as a private in the 26th Battalion. He was repatriated to Australia on 22 Dec. 1918. Partridge left Australia in 1924 to live in England where he became a distinguished lexicographer.

From the description of Frank Honywood, private. ca. 1915-1918. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 222391673

Eric Honeywood Partridge (1894-1979), author and lexicographer, was born in New Zealand, and was the son of John Thomas Partridge, grazier, and his wife Ethel Norris. In 1907 the family moved to Brisbane, Australia, where Partridge was educated at Toowoomba grammar school. He studied French and English at the University of Queensland, during which period he also served as a private during the First World War, where his interests in the ‘underside’ of language originated. He then became Queensland Travelling Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and taught at Manchester and London Universities before founding his own publishing firm Scholartis in 1927. This firm closed in 1931, at which point Routledge and Kegan Paul commissioned Partridge to write a dictionary of slang. This was eventually published as A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English in 1937, and was followed by other works on language (slang and etymology in particular). He wrote novels under the pseudonym Corris Denison, and also wrote professionally on tennis, which he played to a high standard. He married Agnes Dora Vye-Parminter in 1925, with whom he had a daughter. During the Second World War he joined the army education corps and later the correspondence department of the RAF. He died in Moretonhampstead, Devon, in 1979.

Alan George Delgado (1909-1983), author and editor, was born in London. His publication include 'Victorian entertainment', 1971, 'The annual outing and other excursions', 1977, and 'Edwardian England; illustrated contemporary sources', 1967.

From the guide to the Letter from Eric Partridge to Alan George Delgado, 1976, (University of Exeter)

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creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Frank Honywood, private. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter and leaflet. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. : [London, Eng.]. [1966 Feb. 5]. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Papers of Eric Partridge and Paul Beale relating to English slang, 1974-1999 University of Exeter
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to T.O. Mabbott. : London, Eng. 1928 Sept. 20. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Grauer, Ben. Ben Grauer papers, 1915-1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. : London, Eng. 1967 June. 16. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Pearse, Archibald Ernest Edgar. [Papers relating to Eric Partridge] [manuscript] University of Queensland, UQ Library
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter, 1972 Nov. 14 [manuscript] : Southgate, to Richard Fotheringham. University of Queensland, UQ Library
creatorOf Elliott, Ralph Warren Victor. Papers, 1952-1986. Indiana University
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Greeting cards and commemorative pamphlet. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Greeting cards and commemorative pamphlet, 1964-1973 [manuscript] University of Queensland, UQ Library
referencedIn Eric Partridge: Letters to Oliver Stonor, 1928-1979 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Jacques Barzun Papers, ca.1900-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. : . 1931 Aug. 8. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Papers of Eric Partridge and Paul Beale relating to English slang, 1974-1999 University of Exeter
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter : Southgate, to Richard Fotheringham. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Hamish Hamilton Collection, 1931-1986 University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections
creatorOf Davidson, Noris Maris, 1906-1975. Papers, 1961-1975. Indiana University
referencedIn Barzun, Jacques, 1907-. Jacques Barzun papers, ca.1900-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Letter from A L Rowse and letters from Eric Partridge to Daniel George, 1950-1953 University of Exeter
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. : London, Eng. 1964 Apr. 11. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Letter from Eric Partridge to Alan George Delgado, 1976 University of Exeter
referencedIn Fisher, Fedora Gould. Interview with Dr. Eric Partidge [manuscript] University of Queensland, UQ Library
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. : London, Eng. 1967 June. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. : [London, Eng.]. 1928 Nov. 10. University of Iowa Libraries
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associatedWith Australia. Army. Battalion, 26th. corporateBody
associatedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
associatedWith Beale Paul 1933-1999 person
associatedWith Bunting; Daniel George, 1890-1967 person
correspondedWith Davidson, Noris Maris, 1906-1975. person
correspondedWith Elliott, Ralph Warren Victor. person
associatedWith Eric Honeywood Partridge person
associatedWith Fisher, Fedora Gould. person
associatedWith Fotheringham, Richard, 1947- person
associatedWith Grauer, Ben. person
associatedWith Hamish Hamilton Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, 1898-1968, person
associatedWith Partridge Eric Honeywood 1894-1979 person
associatedWith Pearse, Archibald Ernest Edgar. person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Serle, Geoffrey, 1922-1998. person
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University of Queensland--History
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives--Australian
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Death 1979-06-01

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