Archive for February 21st, 2012

Last week, a patron of the New York Public Library posed a question: What brand of typewriter did Virginia Woolf use?

This vintage Underwood portable from 1928 is priced at $575.

The query was sent on to the VWoolf Listserv, and answers rocketed through cyberspace.

The next day, this well-researched answer showed up on the ASK NYPL blog: “Virginia Woolf’s Typewriter.” In it, reference librarian Matthew Boylan references a quote from Woolf’s Oct. 28, 1928, letter to her nephew Julian Bell.

This spelling is the spelling of a Portable Underwood — not mine!

Thanks to Anne Fernald for sharing the NYPL link on Facebook, which is where I found it.

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