Eric Partridge: Letters to Oliver Stonor

Scope and Content

Seven envelopes of letters to Oliver Stonor, 1928 and 1958-1979.

1-482. Letters predominantly from London.

483-530. Letters from Newton Abbott.

531-536. Additional items.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Honeywood Partridge (1894-1979), author and lexicographer, was born at Waimata Valley, New Zealand, on 6 February 1894. He attended Toowoomba Grammar School, Australia, and entered Queensland University in 1914 (B.A., 1921). Partridge served with the Australian Imperial Forces during the First World War before returning to his studies. He was a travelling scholar at Oxford University (B.Litt., 1923), and lecturer in English literature at the Universities of Manchester, 1925-1926, and London, 1926-1927. After leaving teaching, he founded the Scholartis Press, which published several works before going out of business in 1931. He wrote three novels as 'Corrie Denison', and published A dictionary of slang and unconventional English in 1937. Partridge served in the Army Education Corps and the R.A.F. propaganda department during the Second World War. Thereafter, he compiled dictionaries and published books on use of the English language. He died at Moretonhampstead, Devon, on 1 June 1979.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd, London, 6 December 1983.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Eric Partridge in Lord Blake and C.S. Nicholls, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1971-1980 (Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 659-660.