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The Missing Ink

(2012)
The Lost Art of Handwriting
A non fiction book by

 
 
When Philip Hensher realized that he didn't know what one of his closest friend's handwriting looked like, he felt that something essential was missing from their friendship.
 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: are your own letters neat and controlled or messy and inconsistent?
 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. Or is it?
 Just as Lynne Truss inspired a new generation of grammarians and Simon Garfield unveiled the exciting world of typefaces, Philip Hensher will inspire readers to pick up a pen and write.

The Missing Ink brings all his considerable knowledge and self-effacing humor to bear on a book that will enlighten and thrill.



Used availability for Philip Hensher's The Missing Ink

Hardback Editions

November 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-86547-893-7 / 978-0-86547-893-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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October 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-230-76712-5 / 978-0-230-76712-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 0-86547-802-3 / 978-0-86547-802-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 2013 : Paperback
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Title: The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Missing Ink
Author(s): Philip Hensher
ISBN: 1-4472-2169-9 / 978-1-4472-2169-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
Author(s): Philip Hensher
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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