Script and scribble: the rise and fall of handwriting

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Melville House Pub., Jan 20, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 190 pages
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Steeped in the Palmer Method of Handwriting she learned in Catholic school, Kitty Burns Florey is a self-confessed “penmanship nut” who loves the act of taking pen to paper. So when she discovered that schools today forego handwriting drills in favor of teaching something called keyboarding, it gave her pause: “There is a widespread belief that, in a digital world, forming letters on paper with a pen is pointless and obsolete,” she says, “and anyone who thinks otherwise is right up there with folks who still have fallout shelters in their backyards.”

Florey tackles the importance of writing by hand and its place in our increasingly electronic society in this fascinating exploration of the history of handwriting. Weaving together the evolution of writing implements and scripts, pen-collecting societies, the golden age of American penmanship, the growth in popularity of handwriting analysis, and the many aficionados who still prefer scribbling on paper to tapping on keys, she asks the question: Is writing by hand really no longer necessary in today’s busy world?

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Review: Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Excellent penmanship should be the standard, but few can write legibly. I'm talking to you, doctors! Receiving beautifully handwritten invitations makes me smile. Kitty Burns Florey's well-researched ... Read full review

Review: Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

User Review  - Eilonwy - Goodreads

Definitely enjoyable! And it's certainly gotten me paying more attention to my own handwriting, and why it's evolved the way it has. Recommended if you've got any interest in this subject at all. Read full review


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Kitty Burns Florey is the author of Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming
A veteran copy editor, she has also written nine novels and many short stories and essays. She lives in central Connecticut.

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