It dawned on him that having abandoned pen and paper for keyboards, we have lost one of the ways by which we come to recognize and know another person. People have written by hand for thousands of years— how, Hensher wondered, have they learned this skill, and what part has it played in their lives?
Palmer -- Dickens -- Print and manuscript and ball and stick -- 'Une question de writing' -- Witness -- Hitler's handwriting -- Preparing the boys for death: It dawned on him that, having abandoned fountain pens for keyboards, we have lost one of the ways by which we come to recognize and know another person.
The Missing Ink tells the story of this endangered art. Hensher reflects on what handwriting can tell us about personality and personal history: Did you shape your penmanship in worshipful imitation of a popular girl at school, or do you still use the cursive you were initiated into in the second grade?
Hensher guides us through Arabic calligraphy and the story of the nineteenth-century handwriting evangelists who traveled across America to convert the masses to the moral worth of copperplate; he pays tribute to the warmth and personality of a handwritten note. With the teaching of handwriting now required in only five states, and many expert typists barely able to hold a pen, the future of handwriting is in jeopardy.The Missing Ink NPR coverage of The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting by Philip Hensher.
News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle.
Learn more Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App/5(37). There is a brilliant little piece on how handwriting features in Dickens's novels, where so often "the act of writing, of forming letters, acts as an impetus for the plot".
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).
Philip Hensher, The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why It Still Matters (link)(points off for using the hackneyed phrase “the lost art,” but I’m still looking forward to this book.).