Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Gadsby

Gadsby, by Ernest Vincent Wright, is a story that not only has over 50,000 words which neatly organize into 43 chapters, the entire story is written without one single instance of the letter E.

In his introduction, he teaches us:


"As the vowel E is used more than five times oftener than any other letter, this story was written, not through any attempt to attain literary merit, but due to a somewhat balky nature, caused by hearing it so constantly claimed that “it can’t be done; for you cannot say anything at all without using E, and make smooth continuity, with perfectly grammatical construction—” so ‘twas said."


The link is: http://www.spinelessbooks.com/gadsby/ or click on the title of the book above.


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