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5.0 out of 5 stars H. W. Fowler. Modern English Usage, 12 Sep 2011
This book is so well established that it hardly needs any more reviews. When, in 1952 at the age of 32, I started a long career as a writer, H.W. Fowler's work was essential reading and gave me instantly the start that I needed. Even all these years later, it is a great comfort to have it to hand for reference. In my opinion, there is no better book on this subject.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Dec 2009
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I like the Gowers version, Burchfield with reservations, but I do recommend this Classic First Edition Fowler for those who want the original. Having struggled for many years with the poorly printed, but cheap, Wordsworth Reference paperback edition, I am now delighted to have this well-printed, well-made, and attractive hardback - at a reasonable price. Congratulations to Oxford and David Crystal!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage - Still Topical, 5 Feb 2013
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Annie Martirosyan "Annie" (Armenia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Professor David Crystal is the bearded God of language, particularly the English language. With over 100 books to his name, he has been prolific both in writing and editing. Crystal has produced series of encyclopedias with Cambridge University Press and Penguin and is the author of the brilliant Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language.

Recently, he has seen the publication of the classic first edition of Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Fowler's Dictionary, as it is widely called, was first published in 1926. It was and still is one of the most influential and authoritative books on modern English usage. Sir Ernest Gowers later edited the 1965 version. In 1996 an Oxford English Dictionary editor published the 3rd edition with considerable input of his own on entries. And now for the first time since its first appearance, Fowler's influential Dictionary is published true to the original, introduced by David Crystal. Crystal provides an invaluable introduction to the Dictionary as well as notes on 300 entries where Fowler's suggestions on usage contradict the actual practice prevalent then or now.

The Dictionary on the whole speaks of the extraordinary skill and expertise of Fowler as a lexicographer and linguist. A thing about the Dictionary that endears most perhaps is the author's genuine enthusiasm. Whilst a dictionary, it is expected, should expose the actual usage in a formal and objective manner, it is nonetheless a pleasure to read through the entries which reveal the author's strong feelings. At times Fowler can be even offensive, like in "The above writers are bogy-haunted creatures..." at Split Infinitive. His contemporaries might not have been amused by or self-conscious of the subjectivity factor and taken much for granted - but the Dictionary is truly one deserving huge appreciation.

Thanks to David Crystal, we can now thumb through this lexicographic landmark, in its virgin form, to appreciate its influence and how it shaped attitudes over decades. Crystal is one of the rare people to have read the entire Dictionary and his opinion and estimation of Fowler's iconic heritage is subsequently invaluable.

The original review can be read at HuffPost UK Culture blog.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original and the Best, 13 Jun 2012
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Mr. Nw Mcphee "Pedantic" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Peppered with sardonic humour, this slightly disorganised first edition remains the ultimate authority on grammar, syntax, punctuation and vocabulary. Fowler cautions against pedantry and the ossification of language, but reminds the reader on every page of the bear traps that exist for the unwary writer who, perhaps through comprehensive schooling, believes that 'getting your meaning across' is more important than precision. State schools long ago turned their backs on good English; Fowler is there to tug us back gently to the path of clarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift, 9 April 2014
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This review is from: A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Gift for a teacher friend who is big on grammar and punctuation so she loves this little gem. Useful present
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