Yesterday was the birthday of Henry Watson Fowler, the man who wrote one of the most famous books on English language, reminded the Writer’s Almanac. I love Fowler’s Modern English Usage. The opening lines are as memorable as anything written by the finest English novelists.
Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote probably the most famous opening opening lines in English fiction.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,” begins Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice.