Steeped in the Palmer Method of handwrit¬ing 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 some schools today forego handwriting drills in favor of teaching something called keyboarding, she was shocked.
The idea that such a vital, simple, and frequently beautiful skill could be lost to future generations inspired her to investigate the history of writing by hand and its place in our increasingly electronic society. The result is Script & Scribble - a charming, fascinating exploration of the many facets of handwriting.
Weaving together the history of writing implements and scripts, pen collecting societies, the golden age of American penmanship, the growth in popularity of "graphology" - handwriting analysis - and the pockets of aficionados who still prefer scribbling on paper to tapping on keys, Florey poses the question: Is it true that writing by hand is no longer necessary in today's busy world?
What other say about this book
"Kitty Burns Florey's Script & Scribble is a pure delight, It makes you want to write cursive notes of glee and encouragement in the margins." Paul Dickson, author of
Slang: The Topical Dictionary Of Americanisms
About the author
Kitty Burns Florey is the author of the national bestseller Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences. A veteran copyeditor, she has also written nine novels and many short stories and essays. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ron Savage.
1st edition 2009, hardback, 190pp, well illustrated, 19 x 21.8 cm