Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pearse mss., 1916-1979, are the letters of Eric Honeywood Partridge, 1894-1979, author and lexicographer, late of Devonshire, England, to Archibald Ernest Pearse, 1896- , former teacher and customs officer of Brisbane, Australia. Scattered letters span the period from 1916 to 1970 but the bulk cover the years from 1971 to 1979. Throughout the correspondence Partridge speaks primarily of his own writings with an occasional mention of health and family, comments on the progress of Pearse's novel, "The Man of the People," and refers at intervals to certain other writers: Harold Edward James Allridge, Noel Pemberton Billing, Roger James Cholmeley, Arthur Hoey Davis, George Stuart Gordon, Winston Mawdsley Graham, Geoffrey Edward West Household, Jack Lindsay, Oliver Joseph Simon, Charles Percy Snow, baron Snow, Oliver Stonor, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.

Some of the letters bear notes appended by Pearse. Pearse's letters to Partridge may be found in the Partridge mss. The proof of one of Partridge's articles, Confessions of a Lone Lexicographer, is enclosed with the letter of November 25, 1975.

Collection size: 116 items

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