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The Millions: Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter "E" by Ernest Vincent Wright

Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter "E"

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Fans of the French Oulipo movement will know about A Void, the Georges Perec novel written entirely without the use of the letter “e.” What very few readers of any kind know, however, is that in 1939, thirty years before Perec’s novel was published, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a book in English, Gadsby, that hewed to these same constraints. At The Atlantic, Nikhil Sonnad investigates how this experiment plays out in the book.

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