Fun Fact Friday – 4th September 2015
No E’s Allowed
In 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright published his latest work – "Gadsby", a 50,000 word novel.
The book follows the life of John Gadsby as he tries to rally the youths in his hometown of Branton Hills, to help build civil spirit and improve living standards.
The book is a fabulous read, however it does have one thing missing from it; the letter E.
Ernest wrote "Gadsby" as a lipogram, which means a written work composed of words chosen, so as to avoid the use of one or more specific alphabetic characters.
The book took roughly five and a half months to write, written on a typewriter with the “e” key tied down so that it couldn’t be used.
Talking about his book, Ernest said that the hardest part about writing it, was avoiding the "-ed" suffix for past tense.