First Book WrittenThe first book written
What was the first one in the whole wide universe?
The way you define'book' determines how you do this. What is a compilation of tables of clay on a particular topic a work? In that case, we'll never know which of the books was originally composed. We' ve got a thousand pills that have lived since they were made, but it's unlikely that the very first one made it to us.
where it' awaiting discovery, but I question it. Probably the oldest known history is the sumeric epos Gilgamesh. Then it was placed on clays, but was probably older and belonged to an verbal transmission that was passed down from who knows how long ago?
Twain was the first book ever to be typed.
The Penguin Classics copy of Mark Twain's Live on the Mississippi is sitting alone on an overflowing shelve. It' a good thing Mark Twain didn't spell it or we may not have a lifetime on the Mississippi. He was a hardworking and assiduous author with a recollection like a teddy bears case, or at least that's what he wanted us to think.
In his 1904 biography, Twain said that his first novel ever to be typed - the first one ever - was Tom Sawyer. It was Twain who bought his first typing machine (which probably resembled the RemingtonSholes and Glidden above) in 1874 for $125. 1875 he write in a note to the Remington firm that he no longer uses his typing machine; it spoils his morality because it makes him curse.
In the year after Twain's morally annoying Remington, Tom Sawyer is released from a manual script, not retype. Seven years later, the Mississippi is brought to the publishing house in typewriting. But Twain didn't do it himself - he probably didn't do it - but he was dictating the memoirs of a transcriptionist from a pen.
Now I can see you wobbling.... Living on the Mississippi is no novel at all! Let's just say it's the first typed script and end it. Have a look at this great New York play about the early days of the typing machine and don't bother me. I have a volume to finish. No.