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Re: Typing monkeys

Posted by ESC on October 21, 2002

In Reply to: Quotations posted by James Briggs on October 21, 2002

: The latest edition of Michael Quinlon's World Wide Words had the following wonderful Endpiece:

: "We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million type-writers will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."
: [Robert Wilensky , in the "Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations", published September 2002.]

I like that. Does anyone know the source of the original quote about monkeys and Shakespeare?