Could you suggest a comprehensive textbook or academic research study that covers all the cases of using articles (a/an and the) in English? I'm having trouble finding a detailed and well-reasoned explanation on this topic.
I've already read several specialized books on English grammar that focus on articles, such as Murphy's, Hewings', and Biber's, but none of them provide a comprehensive list of situations in which "a/an" or "the" should be used.
While I understand that "the" can be used to create a sense of suspense in, for example, novels (e.g. "Day had dawned cold and gray when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail" - even if it was the first appearance of this man), this case is not covered in the books I've read. Also, it is not clear why the article before "Day" is omitted, and I suspect it may be for stylistic reasons, but this detail is not covered in the mentioned resources.
And this is only one case, I'm sure there are a lot of nuances. So this question is not about this specific sentence, it's about which sources I can use.