Kitty Burns Florey

The Writing Master

ISBN: 978-1-935052-65-4
5.5 x 8.5
265 pages

May 5, 2013The Writing Master, set in the hot summer of 1856, is the story of Charles Cooper, a Connecticut penman and teacher of writing at a time when a fast, legible script was indispensable for a gentleman, and the gloriously embellished script of a master of the art was held in deep respect. Charles’s anguished memories of the tragic accident that killed his wife and baby son are complicated by his encounter with Lily Prescott, an unconventional woman with a shady past and an uncertain future. When a brutal murder takes place just outside the city of New Haven, Charles becomes involved in its solution, and the consequences of his choices are both unexpected and far-reaching.

Strongly influenced by the author’s love of nineteenth-century fiction and her immersion in New England history — and inspired by her 2009 nonfiction book, Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting — The Writing Master meticulously evokes another age – one of sooty railroad journeys, extravagantly inconvenient clothing, strict social codes, and severe penalties for their transgression – as well as the timeless passions and aspirations of a cast of memorable characters.
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