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Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting (Hardcover)

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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.
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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ISBN 9781933633671
Genre LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Handwriting
Format Hardcover
Pages 190
Publisher Date 2009-01-20 00:00:00.0
Publisher Melville House Pub
Copyright Year 2009
Height 8.5 in
Wdth 7.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.06 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Audience General/trade
Authors Florey, Kitty Burns
Country of Origin United States

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