'Eric Partridge is rightly known as a major lexicographer and the chronicler of slang: the American critic Edmund Wilson went so far as to describe him as “the word king” of the twentieth century. Many people would have at least one of his books such as Usage and Abusage of English, Origins, Dictionary of Catch Phrases or a version of his monumental Dictionary of Slang on their shelves. His role as a founder and proprietor of the Scholartis Press is also known, but to a lesser extent. His World War I army service—he was a genuine Anzac in that he was born in New Zealand but served in the Australian Imperial Force and saw active service at both Gallipoli and the Western Front—is just known. His outstanding war memoir, Frank Honywood, Private is hardly known although it deserves to be widely read. But very few people know that Eric Partridge also wrote and published fiction.'