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At the seed of a gramancier: typewriters and their famous owners

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Innovative ways to introduce text today are enough - from writing accessories to voice commands. However, until now many creative personalities, most often writers, prefer a typewriter to a “soulless” computer screen.

The first writer to use the typewriter was the world famous Mark Twain, the author of novels about Tom Sawyer and Heck Finn. Twain himself claimed that it was the adventures of two friends that became the first typewritten literary work. And yet, even earlier, the book Life on Mississippi came out from under his pen. The author to everything new, especially in the field of technical progress. Take advantage of the invention of his curiosity prompted.

Remington №1 manufactured by Sholes & Glidden

For some, creating a typewriter was a salvation, not a simple interest. So, for Friedrich Nietzsche, the acquisition became a necessity - the philosopher’s vision deteriorated every year. However, his tool was very different from the modern concept of typewriters.

Hansen's typewriter allowed Nietzsche to write many works, despite the state of health

At the end of the XIX century, when the invention became known to the masses, many authors introduced it into their plot world. For example, the character of "The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle, reporter Edward Malone, typed articles and notes on a typewriter. However, the author chose not to name a specific brand, but did not disdain advertising in the adaptation of the adventure novel of 1925 - the hero uses the Corona 3 brand.

Corona 3, on which Edward Malone typed in a movie

Not only professional writers interacted with new technologies. The owners of the typewriters were journalists, screenwriters, travelers and many others. Orson Welles, the director, actor and screenwriter, loved using them right on the set.

An interesting feature distinguished the author of the “Naked Lunch”, William Burroughs, the most important representative of the bit-generation, he used the machine, called his last name.

At the time of the advent of the computer and its active implementation into the lives of many authors, some remained true to the technologies that had not gone beyond the horizon. Hunter S. Thompson, best known for his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, while still a budding journalist, used the IBM Selectric model. She will be found near the writer who has finished his life. According to the author, working on a computer deprives him of a sense of completeness, because at any moment he can correct mistakes, rewrite, swap paragraphs. To indulge such, typing, no creator can.

The last word printed by Hunter Thompson was "Counselor"

One of the most prominent representatives of foreign literature of the XX century, Ernest Hemingway, also used a typewriter. Often, it is he who is associated by the reader with the sound of the keys, which the author compared with the shooting of a machine gun.

Ernest Hemingway character - James Bond - and a series of books about his adventures

Of course, the technology used not only abroad. Russian authors also loved typewriters. Anyone who is familiar with the works of Sergei Dovlatov, can vividly present him at work. Moreover, the name of the Underwood typewriter is directly associated with the name of the author and his "Solo on Underwood".

Every creative person uses unique methods to create and play. One writes walls, another always has few stickers, and the third carries a tape recorder or notebook with him. It is hard to imagine a modern writer without a laptop full of gigabytes of texts. Nevertheless, even now there are connoisseurs of the already established vintage method of typing - a typewriter, which allows to plunge into the world of literature in a special way.

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