Books: Lexicographer

H. W. FOWLER —G. G. Coulton — Society for Pure English Tract No. XLIII— Oxford University Press ($1.25).

Since death stilled the booming Samuel Johnson, lexicographers generally have preserved an antlike silence, an antlike industry. The late Henry Watson Fowler was no exception. Known on both sides of the Atlantic to scholars of all degrees as the author of Modern English Usage, most useful and authoritative of argument-settlers, and as an editor of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, he was so personally retiring, "so shadowy to the public that even at the Clarendon...