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Ray, James

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of New Zealand-born lexicographer, editor and author Eric Partridge (1894-1979), in Australia from 1907, serving during World War One in the Australian infantry, his combat experiences recast in the nonfantastic tales assembled as Glimpses (coll 1928) as by Corrie Denison; in UK after the war. Under his own name, Partridge was famous as a lexicographer, his best known non-reference titles probably being Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (1942; rev 1947) and Shakespeare's Bawdy: A Literary and Psychological Essay and a Comprehensive Glossary (1947).

Partridge's sole publication as by Ray, The Scene Is Changed (1932) is an sf Disaster novel in which, at one blow, in the Near Future, almost all men are wiped out worldwide. [JC]

Eric Honeywood Partridge

born Gisborne, New Zealand: 6 February 1894

died Moretonhampstead, Devon: 1 June 1979



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