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Ernest Gowers : plain words and forgotten deeds

Author: Ann Scott
Publisher: Basingstoke, UK ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Series: Understanding governance
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During his long career as a British civil servant Ernest Gowers was close to the centre of many of the momentous events of the first half of the twentieth century. However, he only became famous in 1948 when Plain Words, originally written as a training pamphlet for the British Civil Service, became an instant best-seller for HMSO. Ann Scott has had access to Gowers' family archives. Using these and other previously  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ernest Gowers; Ernest Gowers; Ernest Gowers
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Scott
ISBN: 9780230580251 0230580254
OCLC Number: 317926897
Description: xviii, 255 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Anatomy of a Victorian family --
Education for public service --
Coping with Lloyd George --
WWI : under cover at Wellington House --
Influential head of 'enfeebled' mines department --
'Quis custodiet?" : surtax, syntax and scandal --
Mine owners' bogy man --
WWII : preparing for London's civil defence --
WWII : leading London throug hthe Blitz --
Post-war reconstruction --
Abolishing capital punishment --
Plain words --
Revising Fowler's Modern English usage --
"A last retrospect."
Series Title: Understanding governance
Responsibility: Ann Scott.
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Draws on previously inaccessible family archives to penetrate the anonymity and public reticence of one of Britain's great twentieth century civil servants. Gowers was highly influential in public  Read more...

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