Yes, I once had a typewriter - well, two, actually. The first was a hefty multi-pounder Remington Steele which, if you became frustrated and attempted to throw it across the room, would not have gone very far. There would, in fact, be more of a chance that you would drop it and break both feet. It was a gift from my father given me even before I entered university. It still exists.
The second was a zippy li'l electric model with a cover and a handle. I could take it anywhere and sometimes did. Rarely however, for I wrote my manuscripts by hand. Pen and paper are the easiest of all to carry. Both the hefty typewriter and the sassy slim one were used to produce typed-script manusctipts for publishers. In triplicate. With the use of carbon paper. But that is another story.
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William Faulkner, 1943
Famous Authors And Their Typewriters by Emily Temple
There’s something magical about catching a glimpse of one of your favorite authors at work – even a photo of the epic event can send an anxious thrill down your spine, as if you might be able to see some hint of literary genius in posture or setting, in attire or facial expression. And it’s even better if they’re working on a typewriter. After all, there’s something impossibly gorgeous about a typewriter – maybe it’s the vintage charm, maybe it’s the physicality the noisy machine lends to the writing process, but people (and you can count us among them) go mad for typewriters, especially if they’ve been used by someone famous. Inspired by LIFE’s “In Praise of the Typewriter” photo gallery, we decided to compile all our favorite authors-at-work-on-typewriters photographs for your viewing pleasure, so click through to indulge in a little vintage literary eye candy.