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Challenges and Coincidences in My Life

In this reflective autobiography, Rosemary Sassoon, a leading expert on handwriting and typography, looks back on her long and varied career, paying special attention to her unorthodox progression through a variety of fields. She details the route that took her from design to the educational and medical aspects of handwriting problems, then on to research and a PhD, and finally to working in the area of legibility in type design. In telling the story of an unusual and unusually successful life, Sassoon takes up a number of philosophical questions about what it is that comes together to form our characters, and what role chance and coincidence play in our lives.

110 pages | 20 halftones, 6 line drawings | 7 x 9 | © 2018

Biography and Letters


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Table of Contents

Part I Early life and design work
Early life
Art school
Textile designing
More lettering
Packagin design
Less productive years
Textiles again
Lettering as a decorative art
My first book
Teaching lettering
Part 2 Changing direction
Handwriting in schools
My first handwriting book
Further developments
An introduction to the Medical Research Council
Towards a doctoral thesis
Typeface design
Part 3 The wider implications of handwriting problems
The medical aspects of handwriting
Writing and travelling
Part 4 A stroke, getting older and some conclusions

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