English Novel Without Using the letter 'E'

English Novel Without Using the letter 'E'

Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter e.

Don't believe that a novel could be without any e's? Here's an excerpt from page one of Wright's Gadsby:

"If youth, throughout all history, 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 adults act, and figuring out its purport."

- Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright. Published 1939

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