Sunday, August 19, 2007

lipogram


A Story Without Using the Letter E


"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...."



Notice anything unusual in the above sentences?

There is no letter 'e' in it. It's the beginning of 'Gadsby,' a story of over 50,000 words without using the letter 'e' by Ernest Vincent Wright.

A work of writing that deliberately excludes particular letters is called a lipogram.

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