Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

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Melville House Pub., 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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Here it is, folks – the quintessential book about writing – handwriting, that is; penmanship – and more information about the topic than you ever imagined could possibly exist about it. For me, it was ... Read full review

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An interesting discourse on handwriting, the history, the teaching and how a digital age will affect it. The author goes a bit far in a few of her arguments, eg. that the coming energy crisis will ... 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 Sentences. She has also written nine novels--most recently, The Writing Master--and many short stories and essays. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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