ATG Quirkies: The Word of the Day: Lipogram

GadsbyHere is a post from Mental Floss on “two authors who managed to complete entire novels without ever using the letter “E” –  no easy task given that the letter “E” is the most often used letter in a number of languages.

So where does the word of the day “lipogram” fit in? Well for those of us who need to brush up on our literary terms, a lipogram is a fancy word for “a text that deliberately omits a particular letter.”  

The two authors writing works that fit this description are Ernest Vincent Wright and his novel Gadsby, a 50,000 word tome, and Georges Perec with his French novel called La Disparition.  In both books the letter “E” has been banished.  (And by the way, the English translation of La Disparition is called The Void, and you guest it, there’s not an “E” in sight!)

Thanks again to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!

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