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Fowler liked simplicity , straightforwardness and common sense . He had no
patience with pretentiousness . He had a sound feeling that idiom was the
backbone of a language and he was all for the racy phrase . He was no slavish
admirer of ...
You feel the man in his phrases , not the mean , querulous , disagreeable man
that he appeared to the world that knew him ... Newman had an exquisite grace ,
music , playful sometimes and sometimes grave , a woodland beauty of phrase ...
it is impossible to analyze the complexities of human naturé ( dramatic subjects
both ) when you confine yourself to a naturalistic dialogue . It has killed comedy ,
which depends on verbal wit , which in turn depends on the well - turned phrase .
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This is one of the best books I read for providing a philosophical view of life. It is a book I intend to read again. Read full review