Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright is a novel of over 50,000 words, not once using the letter “E”. This is known as a lipogram: a written work where the author constrains themselves, usually by omitting some specific letter. There have been many lipograms by many authors, most of them either omitting a less essential letter, or omitting “E” in a FAR shorter work. A full novel lipogram omitting “E” was considered impossible. Wright accomplished this feat – to prove it could be done. In tribute, I will attempt a single paragraph of review without the letter "E".
“You know that good old yarn” said Gadsby, “about making so good a rat-trap that millions will tramp down your grass in making a path to your front door.(If you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door)…music truly “hath charms to calm a wild bosom.”(Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.)…by substituting outwards for inwards.(inside out)I wish I could call this grand church affair by its common, customary nomination, but that word can’t possibly crowd into this story. It must pass simply as church ritual.(wedding and/or marriage)Also, last night, at a big “so sorry, old chap” party.(bachelor party)