Ernest Gowers: Plain words and forgotten deeds edited by Ann Scott

Reviewed by
October 2010, no. 325
Buy this book
Graeme Powell reviews 'Ernest Gowers: Plain words and forgotten deeds' edited by Ann Scott

Ernest Gowers: Plain words and forgotten deeds

edited by Ann Scott

Palgrave Macmillan, $168 hb, 273 pp

Buy this book

Ernest Gowers: Plain words and forgotten deeds edited by Ann Scott

Reviewed by
October 2010, no. 325

Ernest Gowers is remembered, if at all, for the writings on the English language which he undertook towards the end of his life. In 1948, at the request of the British Treasury, he wrote a small book called Plain Words. It was intended for the use of civil servants, not all of whom appreciated it, but it attracted a far wider audience, sold in huge numbers, and has never been out of print. An expanded version, entitled The Complete Plain Words, appeared in 1954. Subsequently, the Clarendon Press asked Gowers to produce a revised edition of H.W. Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1926). He laboured on the task for nine years, completing it at the age of eighty-five.

Graeme Powell reviews 'Ernest Gowers: Plain words and forgotten deeds' edited by Ann Scott

Ernest Gowers: Plain words and forgotten deeds

edited by Ann Scott

Palgrave Macmillan, $168 hb, 273 pp

From the New Issue

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.