Tuesday, December 1, 2009

5 million words typed in 50 years - Cormac McCarthy's Olivetti goes on the auction block

OK, so this is not about legal writing but it's close enough to merit a mention.  And, it's pretty doggone interesting to boot.  The New York Times is running a story today called "No Country for Old Typewriters" describing how best-selling and critically acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy has written at least "a dozen novels, several screenplays, two plays, two short stories, countless drafts, letters and more" on an Olivetti typewriter he bought in 1963 for $50.00.  Mr. McCarthy estimates that's about 5 million words in nearly 50 years and "it's never been serviced or cleaned other than blowing out the dust with a service station hose."   Forget "Ford-tough;" try "Olivetti-tough."

When the Olivetti finally gave-up the ghost recently, Mr. McCarthy picked up another, slightly used one for about $11.00.  The old one is going to be auctioned this Friday by Christie's which has placed a pre-sale estimate on it of $15,000 to $20,000.  (I bet it goes for way more than that).

You can read the full story here.

I am the scholarship dude (as well as someone who really wants to see "The Road").

(jbl)

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