A Short history of writing instruction from ancient Greece to twentieth-century America

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Hermagoras Press, 1990 - History - 241 pages
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One of the major figures in this book, the Roman educator Quintilian, points out that writing -- unlike speaking -- must always be learned from a teacher since it cannot be learned by natural imitation as oral language is. He uses the example of a two-year-old who can understand and speak even though the child is years away from being able to be taught even the rudiments of the written alphabet. Writing instruction therefore plays an important role in any literate culture. This book offers a survey of the ways in which writing has been taught in Western culture, from ancient Greece to present-day America. Although there have been many studies of individual periods or specific educators, this volume provides the first systematic coverage of teaching writing over the 25 centuries from the ancient Sophists to today. It is hoped that the modern reader will find useful ideas in this account of the ebb and flow of teaching methods and philosophies over the years.

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The Teaching of Writing in Medieval Europe
Rhetoric and Writing in Renaissance Europe

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James J. Murphy is Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at the University of California at Davis, and the author of "Rhetoric in the Middle Ages,"""

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