What is a Literary history of word processing? The importance of this book and its innovative nature is brilliantly summarized in its title. Matthew Kirschenbaumâs essay Â«seeks to narrate and describe in material and historical terms how computers, specifically word processing, became integral to literary authorship and literary writingÂ» (p. xiii). The book follows a diachronic path, in particular aÂ«reverse chronological trajectory ..., sometimes identified with what is called media archaeologyÂ» (p. xv). The focus of each chapter is however mostly thematic. This review will go through all of them, some more superficially than others.