- Hardcover: 225 pages
- Publisher: Melville House; First Edition edition (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933633670
- ISBN-13: 978-1933633671
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting First Edition Edition
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"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, 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.
Top customer reviews
If there is any drawback to this book it is the few layout errors in the first chapter. This is clearly someplace where the publisher let the author down and it does not distract significantly from the author's writing, which I found very engaging.
The writer is humorous and displays a wealth of knowledge on the subject and makes you want to read on while talking about subject matter that many would find only boring; yet I found interesting UNTIL the last chapter. It is as if another person wrote that or some editor suggested that this short volume be lengthened to give it more meat or a broader point in keeping with the subject matter. I saw little if any point to the last chapter and would liken it to a name dropper at a cocktail party. Lots of names, light fluff and very little substance to the conversation. But I would still buy the book, for its free flowing manner, less the last chapter. One can easily finish it in two evenings as I did. I would say the book contains little of anything you NEED to know, but A LOT OF THINGS that are fun to know and contemplate. And yes it will be more beneficial to those of an age to have benefited from the Palmerian school of handwriting. I doubt that any of the millenial generation would find it that enthralling, even though it does have a myriad of pictures and drawings to help sustain their interest. Buy the book and enjoy it, simply skip the last chapter. Your life will still feel just as fulfilled as before!