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The missing ink : the lost art of handwriting (and why it still matters)

Author: Philip Hensher
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'The wisest and wittiest argument imaginable for the preservation of handwriting. I have learnt so much, and by it have been so happily entertained, that I am compelled to recommend it to everyone.' Diana Athill The simple pleasure of picking up a pen and writing is a skill that has existed for thousands of years - but that skill is slowly dying. Where once we would have reached for a pen and paper to commit our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Hensher
ISBN: 9780230767126 0230767125
OCLC Number: 796276548
Description: 274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: There's nothing wrong with my handwriting, they just need to pay someone who can read it --
A history of handwriting, from string onwards --
What's my handwriting like? --
Out of the billiard halls, courtesy of copperplate --
Vere Foster and A.N. Palmer --
Dickens --
Print and manuscript and ball and stick --
"Une question de writing" --
Hitler's handwriting --
Preparing the boys for death : the invention of italic --
Ink --
Pens --
Marion Richardson --
Reading your mind --
Vitativeness --
Not being able to read : Proust --
Gissa job, Siegmund --
Biros and not-biros --
My italic nightmare --
What is to be done.
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