Florey weaves together the evolution of writing implements and scripts, pen-collecting societies, the golden age of American penmanship, and the growth in popularity of handwriting analysis, and asks the question: Is writing by hand really no longer necessary in today's busy world?
Kitty Burns Florey is a self-confessed penmanship nut' who loves the act of taking pen to paper. So upon discovering that schools today forego handwriting drills, 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.' Florey tackles the importance of writing by hand and its place in an increasingly electronic society in this fascinating exploration of the history of handwriting. Weaving together the evolution of writing, she asks the question: is writing by hand really no longer necessary?'
Kitty Burns Florey, a veteran copyeditor, is the author of nine novels (Solos, Souvenir of Cold Springs) and many short stories and essays. With her husband, Ron Savage, she divides her time between central Connecticut and upstate New York.
"A witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting." --The Wall Street Journal "This is a book every writer would love, a curio cabinet on the art and act of writing." --AMY TAN, author of Saving Fish from Drowning
"[H]ighly enjoyable...witty and often endearingly autobiographical." --MICHAEL DIRDA, Washington Post
"[A] charming, illustrated eulogy to a craft that's fast losing its place in the modern world." --Financial Times
"Florey's argument is nostalgic yet pragmatic. 'It seems wrong, ' she says, 'when something beautiful, useful, and historically important vanishes.' Charmingly composed and handsomely presented, Script and Scribble just might provoke a handwriting revival." --Boston Globe
"Florey lovingly traces the history of handwriting, from its ancient birth to its imminent demise." --SAM ANDERSON, New York Magazine
"[A] winsome mix of memoir and call to arms...an entertaining history." --Editor's Choice, Chicago Tribune
"Part memoir, part meticulously researched primer [this] captivating history of handwriting is a lovely ode to a nearly lost art." --Ready Made