About the Book
Typewriters that once belonged to famous writers are retired to museum or library archives, inanimate objects that represent the work of an admired individual. From these archives, the author found photographs of 45 writer’s actual typewriters to draw from, and sought anecdotes about each writer’s relationship to their writing machine.
Leonard Cohen had a bath with his Olivetti, which ended predictably poorly; a priest told Anne Sexton, ‘God is in your typewriter’; Cormac McCarthy bought a second-hand Olivetti Lettera 32 for $50 and sold it 46-years later for $254,500; Ian Fleming commissioned a gold-plated Royal de Luxe, on which he wrote only one novel; Larry McMurtry thanked his Hermes in his Golden Globe acceptance speech; Raymond Chandler declared, ‘Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.’
Zoë Sadokierski has fifteen years experience designing books for various publishers and has been awarded six times at the Australian Book Design Awards. Zoë lectures in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney where she runs a research studio investigating the evolution of books in the digital age. In 2015 she established Page Screen Books to publish illustrated essays and artist's multiples.