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Ernest Vincent Wright wrote Gadsby: "A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter "E". Except for his preface and postscript, nowhere in the book is the letter "E" found. Not an easy feat considering that "E" is the most commonly used letter in the English alphabet.
You can judge the outcome with the first and last paragraphs of the novel.

"If youth, throughout all history, had had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and, possibly, do it practically; you wouldn’t constantly run across folks today who claim that “a child don’t know anything.”A child’s brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put a mystic possibility for noticing an adult’s act, and figuring out its purport."

"A glorious full moon sails across a sky without a cloud. A crisp night air has folks turning up coat collars and kids hopping up and down for warmth. And that giant star, Sirius, winking slyly, knows that soon, now, that light up in His Honor’s room window will go out. Fttt! It is out! So, as Sirius and Luna hold an all-night vigil, I’ll say a soft “Good-night” to all our happy bunch, and to John Gadsby — Youth’s Champion."

11 comments:

odd facts said...

As a bonus, your talk may contain not any off that most common part of our ABC's. If that is OK.

kasper794 said...

Sorry I haven't commented much but I have been stopping by I've been working and I've been sick . I'll try to comment more often. I truly love your blog. Great post by the way.

odd facts said...

It's OK. I totally understand. I've been realy busy myself latley. I hope you're feeling better though. It's always crummy to get sick, especially in winter.

thekingpin68 said...

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote Gadsby: "A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter "E". Except for his preface and postscript, nowhere in the book is the letter "E" found.

That is not a task I would want to try to copy in my writing.:)

kasper794 said...

I tagged you for the Big Bang Meme

R.E.H. said...

This was a fascinating fact. A fact which I did not know of prior to this.

I find it hard avoiding our most common symbol in our lingo... this is a fact, too.

Baba Doodlius said...

Ernest Vincent Wright had entirely too much time on his hands.

kasper794 said...

I have an award for you on my page

odd facts said...

thekingpin68: I agree. Yikes!
baba doodilius: If I had that much time on my hands, I would spend it some other way!
r.e.h: good job!!! "Symbol"--nice avoidance
kasper794: Thank you!! You are too good to me.

Tanny said...

Hi, I found you on the big bang, this is just amazing, I just mixxed it
(This post has only one E in it.)

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