Novel of Note

Of the amazing things I’ve learned recently, or ever( this is pretty close to the top of the list): Ernest Vincent Write’s book Gadsby, a 50K novel published in 1939, does not include the letter e. I’ve read an excerpt of the book, and you’d never miss them.

Quote: “Gadsby was walking back from a visit down in Branton Hill’s manufacturing district on a Saturday night. A busy day’s traffic had had its noisy run; and with not many folks in sight, His Honor got along without having to stop to grasp a hand or talk;…”

Now, I’ve been known to play with my words. (In Tinker’s Tale you’ll find the title for the next chapter in the final words of the chapter before it.) But something of that magnitude blows my mind. Evidently he got tired of hearing that it couldn’t be done. I’ve heard as he wrote he tied down the letter e on his typewriter so no errant letter “e”s could sneak in. He finished it in five and a half months, it takes me at least a year to write something passible, and I use all the letters.
An original edition recently sold for $4000. It’s kind of the very definition of a collectors edition.
So, hats off.


About stephenb5jones

Husband of one. Fixer of things. Father of two. Writer. Missionary. Philosopher.
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