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Monday, January 9, 2012

INNOVATION: Typewriter

The Italians created an early prototype called Cembalo scrivano o macchina da scrivere a tasti ("Scribe harpsichord, or machine for writing with keys").  The Danish made a Writing Ball.  The word "typewriter" is often cited as the longest English word that can be typed using only one row of keys of a QWERTY  keyboard.  
Mark Twain claims to be the first important writer to hand a publisher a typewritten manuscript for his memoir, Life on the Mississippi. 
And e. e. cummings couldn't have composed this gem without a typewriter.


Anonymous said...

oooh! love me some e.e.
but i'm glad i don't have to use a typewriter, cool contraptions though they are...

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