Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Willson Wood, Hugh Agee

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


A Certain Semite is not intended to be a history of handwriting, but rather a restriction to that part of the history and development of writing which has had either an indirect, or a direct effect on American writing. Although some authorities maintain that there can be no chronological order to the development of handwriting, it seems to me that there is a reasonably understandable order which can be followed in a reasonably discernible route from the Semite to us.

A Certain Semite is an effort to trace handwriting from him who was, according to discoveries made in the past hundred years, the first to conceive of the idea of writing, and also to touch upon pre-writing steps made by more barbaric peoples before him, without whom he would not have been able to give to the world his epic discovery.


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