Online Romance…from 150 Years Ago


From its title (Wired Love) to its tagline (“‘The old, old story’—in a new, new way”), this Ella Cheever Thayer novel from 1880 sounds surprisingly modern.

Substitute texting for telegraphs or OKCupid usernames for telegraph operators’ initials, and the book could almost have been written today—except that its conclusion seems to process contemporary anxieties about technology a little better than we do.

Find out more in Clive Thompson’s insightful blog post about this “romance of dots and dashes.”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →