Synopses & Reviews
Over 75 years old, this classic text has become the standard work on the correct but natural use of English and has ensured that Fowler is a household name. Written in Fowler's inimitable style, it gives clear guidance on usage, word formation, inflexion, spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, and typography. Rewritten, updated, and expanded to take into account the vast linguistic changes of the past three-quarters of a century, here are thousands of alphabetically-arranged entries, offering advice and background information on all aspects of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary style.
Witty and practical, and renowned for its authority, Fowler's Modern English Usage remains an invaluable guide to the English language. The first place to turn for sensible advice on the thorny issues of grammar, meaning, and pronunciation, "Fowler" is one of those rare reference books that can also be read simply for pleasure.
This new edition includes an introduction by Simon Winchester, which gives the book a modern perspective and confirms its importance in literature.
"Apart from its value as a readable survey (and one accessible to noneconomists), this book will be useful in courses on the Chinese economy and in comparative economics. Half, or more, of the papers in the volume are suitable for any such course. Most of the papers cover the period through the
end of 1994, and will remain useful as the book finds its way to readers."--Journal of Developing Areas
This informative title presents clear guidance on usage, word formation, spelling, pronunciation, and other vital elements of the English language.
About the Author
Henry Watson Fowler
(1858-1933) was a translator, lexicographer, and grammarian. With his brother Frank (1870-1918) he compiled the first edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (published 1911) and the Pocket Oxford Dictionary (published in 1924, after Franks' death). Frank helped to plan Modern English Usage with his brother but he died before it was published and it was executed by Henry alone. The name Fowler has become synonymous with reliable and accurate reference on all aspects of written English.
Table of Contents
List of General Articles
Introduction Simon Winchester
Main dictionary A-Z