English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms.

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Creator

William Chauncey Fowler

Title

English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms.

Publisher

Harper & Bros.

Date

1850

Coverage

N.Y.

Description

This gargantuan book, labeled a “10th edition” even in its earliest printings, was Brown’s attempt at a "complete grammar of the English language."  He disclaimed vainglory but embraced invective, referring freely to the “scandalous errors and defects which abound in all our common grammars.” His competitors were “miserably defective, and worthy of censure.” Hence Brown produced this “condensed mass of special criticism, such as is not elsewhere to be found in any language.” One recent scholar called it “a beacon that led to no port, an anachronism that was obsolete before it was finished.”