Cormac McCarthy’s Typewriter Dies After 50 Years and Five Million Words | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

olivettiWe aren’t bidding on it, but I hope it finds a good home.

Cormac McCarthy, author of cheery favorites such as The Road and Blood Meridian, is about to trade in the typewriter he used to write them. The Olivetti Lettera 32 has been in his care for 46 years, since 1963, and it wasn’t even new then — McCarthy picked it up for $50 from a pawn shop in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sometimes I think about trying to write an entire story on one of our manuals. I’m pretty sure that it would change the way the words flowed in the same way that writing longhand has an impact just because it changes the speed between the time it takes to think of a sentence and to record the thought.

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3 Responses

  1. Dennis

    Mary, I really miss my old glass sided Royal because of the feel and sound of it. Also no issues with CTS. When I moved from Vermont, I left it with a friend. I wonder if she still has it after all these year. The idea of writing again on a manual and then using OCR to pull the text into a regular word processor for editing has always been in the back of my mind. It will probably stay there for a bit longer. 🙂