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"A Rather Unusual Way to Write Books": The First Literary Work Produced With a Word Processor

By Bulent Yusuf on at

An Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland has identified the first literary work to be written with a word processor. The book is Bomber, by Len Deighton, a World War II thriller published to critical acclaim in 1970. The word processor used was an IBM MT72, marketed in the US as the IBM MT/ST (Magnetic Tape / Selectric Typewriter), a 90kg behemoth that was hoisted with a crane through a window into Deighton’s house.