Matthew G. Kirschenbaum Celebrates Word Processors

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By Maryann Yin Comment

Have you ever used a word processor? Author Matthew G. Kirschenbaum will headline a brown bag lunch talk at the New York Public Library called “Stephen King’s Wang: The Literary History of Word Processing.”

Here’s more about the event: “Mark Twain famously prepared the manuscript for Life on the Mississippi with his new Remington typewriter, and today we recognize that typewriting changed the material culture (and the economy) of authorship. But when did literary writers begin using word processors? Who were the early adopters? How did the technology change their relation to their craft? Was the computer just a better typewriter, or was it something more?”

Check it out on Friday, December 16th at 12 p.m. at the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Kirschenbaum is an English professor at the University of Maryland and associate director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. In an upcoming book, he will  book delve into the history of writers and word processors.

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