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  • Series: Wordsworth Collection
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Edition (September 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853263044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853263040
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,233,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Brian Melendez on December 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you liked "A Dictionary of Modern English Usage," you will love "The King's English."
For three generations, a single book dominated the market as the authoritative reference in matters of grammar, style, and usage in the English language: "A Dictionary of Modern English Usage" by H.W. Fowler, first published in 1926, now in its third edition (published 1996). Twenty years earlier, however, Fowler and his younger brother F.G. (their given names were Henry Watson and Francis George) had collaborated on a precursor, "The King's English," first published in 1906 (and which went into its third edition a quarter century later, a few years after the first edition of "A Dictionary" appeared).
This book is every bit as charming and graceful as the later "Dictionary" and, while this earlier work covers fewer topics than "Dictionary," it treats the ones that it does cover with as much thoroughness and skill as "Dictionary"--in some cases with more thoroughness, since the book is structured as part essay, part textbook, and can thus afford more examples and exercises than "Dictionary." The book begins by laying out five "general principles" worthy of Strunk and White (whose masterpiece "The Elements of Style" did not appear until half a century later): "Prefer the familiar word to the far-fetched. Prefer the concrete word to the abstract. Prefer the single word to the circumlocution. Prefer the short word to the long. Prefer the Saxon word to the Romance."
The Fowlers expand upon those five "principles," and also treat vocabulary, syntax, punctuation, and other such technical matters in great depth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Duncan on April 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
First I should say that the edition being offered for sale is a reprint of the 2nd edition (1907), whereas the copy I have in front of me is the 3rd (1930), bought in a second-hand shop a good many years ago. However, the Preface to the 3rd edition talks about "occasional notes and changes", implying that there is not a great deal of difference, and Amazon's "Search Inside" feature reveals no obvious differences. The mention of "new examples ... here and there" in the Preface to the 2nd edition likewise suggests that the 1st (1906) was much the same.

Thus we are discussing a book written more than a century ago, and so the question arises as to why one might be interested in advice on English usage that must surely be out of date by now, if not superseded anyway by the much better known Modern English Usage by the surviving brother, H. W. Fowler, with its 1st edition of 1926 (now reissued in a "classic"edition": A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition) and 2nd (apparently no longer available, but worth looking out for) of 1965, not to mention a so-called 3rd edition Fowler's Modern English Usage that has little to do with Fowler other than the misuse of his name in the title.

In fact there are several reasons why reading The King's English remains worthwhile. The first is historical. Anyone interested in how our language has evolved in 100 years will want to know what sort of usage problems were being discussed, to see what has changed, what has stayed the same and what has become irrelevant.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex M. on August 25, 2013
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I am horrified by my purchase. I possess the printed copy of the book, but needed a digital version for convenience. Amazon listed 2 kindle versions, and I decided to splurge on the most expensive one, trusting that some substantial work would have been done. Unfortunately, this digital version is impossible to read or enjoy. The table of contents is NOT hyperlinked with the body of the text! But there is worse, the same "table of content" has the titles/chapters of the book written chaotically vertically or horizontally accross the pages. Not even enjoyable as a crossword puzzle. I feel duped.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By drpsp on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
amazon claims this is a facsimile of the 1906 first edition. It is not. It is a facsimile of the 1908 second edition. Where is the 1906 book?
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4 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Arash Saber Tehrani on April 11, 2011
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Do not buy this book! i don't know which idiot was the publisher but the book sucks! u can not get when does a chapter begins or end! it is just tex with no paragraphs or anything! i hate it! i ahve sent it back and haven't got my money yet!
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