There is not much to add to the accolades of Fowler's. This is the most individual and influential guide to English usage in existence.
The entries are distracting - looking for something you might very well find yourself wandering around these pages and forgetting what it was you wanted to find in the first instance.
Split infinitives? Trailing prepositions? Bah, humbug! There is an answer to these conundrums. The answer is Fowler's.
Something to keep in mind is that the second edition revised by Sir Ernest Gowers is the one to own. The next edition, the third, by Burchfield is rather widely regarded as having lost the individual charm of Fowler. Fowler tasks the reader to an understanding that is complete while Burchfield wanders into linguistic territory sometimes irrelevant to Usage.
Fowler's is known for its (his) opinionated take on things English. There is character behind the entries, real bones in the English animus. The entry describing the proper usage of intense and intensive is rightly famous, notwithstanding its citation by Sir Winston Churchill. The second edition revised by Sir Ernest Gowers updates Fowler's without compromising its character. Read the reviews on Amazon - buy the second edition....Continua