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Marion Richardson
Her Life and Her Contribution to Handwriting
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ISBN 9781841505435
Paperback 96 pages
Published August 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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In Marion Richardson: Her Life and Her Contribution to Handwriting, Rosemary Sassoon’s recognizes Richardson’s groundbreaking contribution to the freeing of the teaching of child art and her two handwriting schemes – the main one based on her observations of children’s pattern paintings and the natural movement of young children’s hands. In both areas of her work she changed attitudes worldwide. The book promotes the value and creativity of child art and writing viewed as a natural progression from pattern. Sassoon focuses on Richardson’s personal life and character, and is fully illustrated. It is based partly on her own writing, with letters and personal recollections from those who knew her, worked with her, her students and those who carried on her work and kept her legacy alive after her death. It deals with how she developed her techniques of encouraging children to express their creativity in art freeing them from the prevailing strictures. Much original research has been undertaken for this section, with the help of archivists in several major libraries. Searches reveal that the handwriting archives have previously not been considered as important as the art aspects so have often not even been catalogued. This will mean that many facts are emerging that have not been known before. The volume benefits from illustrations from her schemes and numerous handwriting examples.

Chapter titles
Part 1 Marion Richardson: her life
An art student
Teaching at Dudley Girls’ High School
Her complex character
London and new challenges
The last years
Part 2 Marion Richardson’s contribution to handwriting
Handwriting at the beginning of the twentieth century
The development of print script
The development of the Dudley Writing Cards
Details of the scheme
The development of Writing & Writing Patterns
Writing & Writing Patterns
Comments on Writing & Writing Patterns
The legacy
'"Rosemary Sassoon's interest in, and support for, the work of Marion Richardson glows from the pages of her latest well illustrated book and makes an interesting read for anyone who cares about the art of handwriting."' – Michael Woods

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