The "Compositor" of James Paige, the Victorian robotic equivalent of a nimble-fingered, teenage Sam Clemens. The Charles Babbage Difference engine, also a conspicuous failure, was a "mere commonplace" compared to this "awful mechanical miracle."

The “Compositor” of James Paige, the Victorian robotic equivalent of a nimble-fingered, teenage Sam Clemens. The Charles Babbage Difference engine, also a conspicuous failure, was a “mere commonplace” compared to this “awful mechanical miracle.”

How the author of Huckleberry Finn couldn’t make it as a venture angel.