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Gadsby is a 1939 novel by Ernest Vincent Wright written as a lipogram, which does not include words that contain the letter E. The plot revolves around the dying fictional city of Branton Hills, which is revitalized as a result of the efforts of protagonist John Gadsby and a youth group he organizes. Though vanity published and little noticed in its time, the book is a favourite of fans of constrained writing and is a sought-after rarity among some book collectors. Later editions of the book have sometimes carried the alternative subtitle 50,000 Word Novel Without the Letter "E". Despite Wright's claim, published versions of the book may contain a handful of uses of the letter "e". The version on Project Gutenberg, for example, contains "the" three times and "officers" once.
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original title: Gadsby
subtitle: A Story of Over 50,000 Words Without Using the Letter "E"
date of publication: 1939
genre: novel, lipogram

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