"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
"What in God's name has happened to penmanship? It's easy to blame the computer, but, as Kitty Burns Florey demonstrates in her thoughtful, witty, and sensible book, the story goes far deeper than that. It touches on the way we think, the way we write, and the way we lead our lives. Read Script and Scribble
and be enlightened."
- Ben Yagoda, author of If You Catch an Adjective, Kill It!
"[A] pithy account of the history of handwriting...Florey makes a solid case for handwriting as a social indicator, and her affection for its art is thoughtful and aesthetically informed."
- Albert Mobilio, Bookforum
"...a witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting..."
- Cullen Murphy, The Wall Street Journal
"[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
About the Author
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.