Since the subtitle of the book is "The Lost Art of Handwriting" and since in interviews he talked about why handwriting is important, I thought the book might be different than it was. In the introduction he suggests the book is going to be about what might be lost if the habit of writing by hand disappears. But the book turned out not to address that except briefly in the first and last chapters.
Since the subtitle of the book is "The Lost Art of Handwriting" and since in interviews he talked about why handwriting is important, I thought the book might be different than it was.
In the introduction he suggests the book is going to be about what might be lost if the habit of writing by hand disappears. But the book turned out not to address that except briefly in the first and last chapters.
Hensher's book had a lot of padding in it, snips of interviews with people talking about their handwriting, two and a half chapters on graphology, one about Hitler's handwriting, and a few others. He does provide a bit more detail on the history of teaching handwriting in schools than Florey did.
In Hensher, each of the "great" reformers gets a chapter. Hensher is also British so his perspective was especially interesting when he was talking about American handwriting.
He claims Europeans can always pick out the handwriting of Americans because we are the only ones who have loops in our letters. He spends a chapter admiring the way the French teach handwriting and thinks theirs is the nicest writing of any western country.
I enjoyed the social history aspects of the book especially all those reformers who believed that moral improvement could be had through learning to write a beautiful script.
The chapter on a brief history of ink was interesting as was the history of pens. Did you know that fountain pens were available in ? They weren't very popular though. Manufacturing had also not yet figured out how to make a flexible metal nib which meant it was somewhat akin to trying to write with a knitting needle.
Quill pens wore out fast but they had the advantage of flexibility. Now, of course, there are ball point pens and Hensher has a fun chapter on the history of the Biro. I expected the book to be rather light and it was. And while I did enjoy the parts I mention above, I almost didn't make it past page Hensher's sense of humor is often rather crude and insensitive and not funny at all.
In the introduction he takes a swipe at "fat Denise" whose "obese writing" also "contains the atrocity of a little circle on top of every i. A mixed bag overall. If you are going to read this book, be prepared to take the good with the bad.Scouting for The Missing Ink The Lost Art Of Handwriting Free Download Do you really need this file of The Missing Ink The Lost Art Of Handwriting Free Download It takes me 79 hours just to found the right download link, and another 9 hours to validate it.
Jun 03, · Handwriting is being dropped in public schools — that could be bad for young minds. Google’s new hands-free computer is finding its way into operating rooms. The Missing Ink tells the story of this endangered art. Hensher introduces us to the nineteenth-century handwriting evangelists who traveled across America to convert the masses to the moral worth of copperplate script; he examines the role handwriting plays in the novels of Charles Dickens; he investigates the claims made by the practitioners of /5(5).
Mar 17, · THE MISSING INK. The Lost Art of Handwriting. By Philip Hensher. Illustrated. pp.
Faber & Faber. $ In the meantime, there are plenty of handy YouTube tutorials available, not to mention blogposts and - for the old-school – books such as Improve Your Handwriting: Teach Yourself (Rosemary Sassoon) and Daily Handwriting Practice: Contemporary Cursive (Jill .
Nov 08, · The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, Philip Hensher November 8, August 12, ~ 7heDaniel For those of you who don’t know, soon I’ll be heading off to university (touch wood!).