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The Warden of English: The Life of H.W.Fowler (Language Reference S.) Hardcover – 23 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Second Edition edition (23 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662549
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A generous, sympathetic biography of a shy scholar (1858-1933) whose Modern English Usage (1926) earned him a prominent place in the pantheon of language mavens.... An amiable account of a gentle man whose greatest love was language."--Kirkus Reviews "McMorris illuminates not only Fowler's life but also his work and the difficulties and controversies that surrounded it...McMorris' well-researched book will appeal to the same audience...as Simon Winchester's Professor and the Madman."--Booklist "A generous, sympathetic biography of a shy scholar (1858-1933) whose Modern English Usage (1926) earned him a prominent place in the pantheon of language mavens.... An amiable account of a gentle man whose greatest love was language."--Kirkus Reviews "McMorris illuminates not only Fowler's life but also his work and the difficulties and controversies that surrounded it...McMorris' well-researched book will appeal to the same audience...as Simon Winchester's Professor and the Madman."--Booklist "A generous, sympathetic biography of a shy scholar (1858-1933) whose Modern English Usage (1926) earned him a prominent place in the pantheon of language mavens.... An amiable account of a gentle man whose greatest love was language."--Kirkus Reviews "McMorris illuminates not only Fowler's life but also his work and the difficulties and controversies that surrounded it...McMorris' well-researched book will appeal to the same audience...as Simon Winchester's Professor and the Madman."--Booklist "A generous, sympathetic biography of a shy scholar (1858-1933) whose Modern English Usage (1926) earned him a prominent place in the pantheon of language mavens.... An amiable account of a gentle man whose greatest love was language."--Kirkus Reviews "McMorris illuminates not only Fowler's life but also his work and the difficulties and controversies that surrounded it...McMorris' well-researched book will appeal to the same audience...as Simon Winchester's Professor and the Madman."--Booklist

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A biography of the life of Henry Watson Fowler (1858-1933). It tells the story of his work on "The King's English", "Modern English Usage", the "Concise" and "Pocket Oxford" dictionaries, and his collaboration on some of these projects with his brother, Frank. The development of the Fowlers' books is described, from the struggles to achieve an acceptable style for the "Concise" and "Pocket Oxford" dictionaries, to the planning and preparation of "Modern English Usage". Against the descriptions of Fowler's work is set the story of a man whose career began as a schoolmaster, but who changed career to risk all by moving to London to begin a new life as a writer. Henry then moved to Guernsey, where all his books were written, and at the age of 50 married a nursing-home matron, Jessie Wills. The later chapters chronicle the elderly Henry's struggles with the authorities to be able to enlist during World War I and his adventures as a soldier in France.

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