The Typewriter Century

A Cultural History of Writing Practices

Table of contents

List of Illustrations

1. Introduction: The Typewriter as an Agent of Change?
2. The Birth of the Typosphere
3. Modernity and the Typewriter Girl
4. The Modernist Typewriter
5. The Distancing Effect: The Hand, the Eye, the Voice
6. The Romantic Typewriter
7. Manuscript and Typescript
8. Georges Simenon: The Man in the Glass Cage
9. Erle Stanley Gardner: The Fiction Factory
10. Domesticating the Typewriter 
11. The End of the Typewriter Century and Post-Digital Nostalgia



With quirky charm, Lyons captures the intensity of the relationship between writers and their typewriters from the 1880s, when the machine was first commercialized, to the 1980s, when word-processing superseded it. The Typewriter Century provides a cultural history of the typewriter, outlining the ways in which it can be considered an agent of change and demonstrating how it influenced all writers, canonical and otherwise.