Fun Fact Friday – 4th September 2015

Fun Fact Friday – 4th September 2015

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No E’s Allowed

No E september

In 1939, Author Ernest Vincent Wright published his latest work called – Gadsby, a 50,000 word novel.

The book follows the life of John Gadsby as he tries to rally the youths in his dying fictional 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 Vincent Wright 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.

Fact – Not only did Ernest Vincent Wright write his book without the letter E, he also self-published his book, something almost unheard of in 1939.

Gadsby by Earnest Vincent Wright


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