Cormac McCarthy's typewriter—an Olivetti—is getting old and going to auction:

Not THE typewriter.
  • An Olivetti, not THE Olivetti.

Glenn Horowitz, a rare-book dealer who is handling the auction for Mr. McCarthy, said: “When I grasped that some of the most complex, almost otherworldly fiction of the postwar era was composed on such a simple, functional, frail-looking machine, it conferred a sort of talismanic quality to Cormac’s typewriter. It’s as if Mount Rushmore was carved with a Swiss Army knife.”

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Horowitz is right—the Olivetti looks more like a machine for typing out form letters than stories about knife fights and cannibalism and serial killers.

The money will go to a nonprofit scientific research institute in New Mexico.

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