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Handwriting in America: A Cultural History Paperback – May 25, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0300074413 ISBN-10: 0300074417

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300074417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300074413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Royall Whitaker on April 11, 2009
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An interesting book, but it should have been titled "The Teaching of Handwriting in America". Also, it missed a kind of writing which I can't name, but know when I see it - for example, something like "California" on California auto license tags. It was taught in America, and it was the model in England for many years - a Life magazine article around 1950 showed such examples from the winners in an English schoolboy competition. (My father learned this style in a preparatory school in the South in the early 1900s, and one of our daughters-in-law was taught the same way.)
One reviewer adversely criticized this book for harping on, perhaps even imagining, sexism in the early teaching of handwriting, and I don't think the comment was deserved - I believe the author was accurately describing what was actually taught, and gave it no more space than is warranted.
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By Lady Eleanor on December 31, 2012
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Such a comprehensive history of handwriting, so well researched and a joy to read. I would recommend this to anyone interested in cultural or social history.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toby Black on September 1, 2013
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I am reviewing handwriting history for a presentation and I could not get interested in this book. I found the chapters to be too full of information. I certainly learned about the development of handwriting and have just skimmed the book rather then reading it.
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