Source Database: 
ELMCIP
Source Entry URL: 
Source Entry OAI-PMH Identifier: 
oai:elmcip.net:1059
Author(s) of the Source Entry: 
Jill Walker Rettberg
Source Entry Language(s): 
English
Description(s): 

Arguably the first work of electronic literature, this 1952 program used Alan Turing's random number generator to create combinatory love letters on the Manchester Mark I computer. While the output may not be of high literary quality, Strachey discovered and implemented the basic the basic structures of combinatory literature, at a very early point in history.