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Handwriting of the Twentieth Century

By Rosemary Sassoon

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Other Information: 112 halftones/line illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2007
"The history of formal calligraphy has been thoroughly documented, and the demise of what people see as beautiful handwriting is frequently deplored, but the details of the teaching of this skill during this century have gone almost unrecorded. Everyday handwriting is ephemeral and school books soon disappear. The main purpose of this book is to create a historical record, however, techniques are illustrated that may be useful for teachers today, while the ever-changing views of the stylists provide examples, as well as a warning, to those who plan for the future. For those dedicated to recording the history, development, manufacture and use of writing equipment, this book provides the long awaited link between the tools and the activity of handwriting. Rosemary Sassoon's comprehensive and enthusiastic research provides a feast of detail about man's constant quest after fluent and clear handwritten script." - Michael Woods, "Journal of the Writing Equipment Society". "The older history of handwriting has been extensively explored, but now we have a wonderfully comprehensive and very readable account of how handwriting has developed and been taught during the twentieth century. It will be fascinating reading for anyone concerned with the teaching of handwriting." - Nigel Hall, Manchester Metropolitan University. "Rosemary Sassoon's latest book is a must for anyone interested in handwriting. She writes the history in such a way that one easily grasps the reasons for the successes and failures of handwriting methods. Sassoon's latest book will help to improve handwriting instruction throughout the western world." - Nan Jay Barchowsky, Calligrapher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 'The Influences on Contemporary Handwriting: A Historical Perspective' - Page 10 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 2: 'The Turn of the Century' - Page 26 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 3: 'Learning from Copy Books' - Page 36 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 4: 'Simplifying Letterforms' - Page 56 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 5: 'Initiatives and Models from 1930' - Page 70 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 6: 'Educational Attitudes Mid-Century' - Page 92 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 7: 'Stylistic Issues after 1950' - Page 106 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 8: 'Initiatives in the 1960s' - Page 122 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 9: 'From 1970 to the National Curriculum' - Page 134 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 10: 'The End of the Century' - Pgae 146 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 11: 'Handwriting around Europe' - Page 160 - Rosemary Sassoon Chapter 12: 'America and Australia' - Page 182 - Rosemary Sassoon Epilogue - Page 200 - Rosemary Sassoon

About the Author

Dr Rosemary Sassoon was awarded a PhD from the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading, and now works as an independent consultant.

Reviews

"..excellent and comprehensive illustrated book-which takes us through not only what happened in the United Kingdom, but brings in information about other English speaking countries such as America and Australia as well as European scripts, providing samples and explanations that are valuable as a reference... The book's well-written Epilogue merits a section being printed - It couldn't be put better by a graphologist!" -- Elaine Quigley "Graphologist" "For those dedicated to recording the history, development, manufacture and use of writing equipment this book provides the long- awaited link between the tools and the activity of handwriting. Rosemary Sassoon's comprehensive and enthusiastic research provides a feast of detail about man's constant quest after fluent and clear handwritten script." - Michael Woods, Journal of the Writing Equipment Society "The older history of handwriting has been extensively explored, but now we have a wonderfully comprehensive and very readable account of how handwriting has developed and been taught during the twentieth century. It will be fascinating reading for anyone concerned with the teaching of handwriting." - Nigel Hall, Manchester Metropolitan University "Rosemary Sassoon's latest book is a must for anyone interested in handwriting. She writes the history in such a way that one easily grasps the reasons for the successes and failures of handwriting methods. Sassoon's latest book will help to improve handwriting instruction throughout the Western world." - Nan Jay Barchowsky, calligrapher and handwriting specialist "This book is a historical record of techniques, styles and methods. But it also a passionate study of everyday typography, informed by a deep knowledge of her subject. It will be of interest to educationalists, people in teacher training, plus cultural sociologists and historians - as well as typographists and graphologists." - Roy Johnston, Mantex

EAN: 9781841501789
ISBN: 1841501786
Publisher: Intellect Books
Dimensions: 22.76 x 17.6 x 1.12 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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