Is it true that F Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby is written without any letter "e's" in it?
- BlueManticoreLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
You're thinking of "Gadsby,"a novel by Ernest Vincent Wright, written around 1939. It is famous for not containing the letter 'e'.
The lack of the letter 'e' makes Gadsby a lipogram, or an example of constrained writing. Wright explains in the introduction that he had to tie down the 'E' key of his typewriter to avoid mistakes.
The story tells how the main character, John Gadsby, transforms his home town of Branton Hills into a bustling city by tapping the vigour and original thought of youth. Quoting from its first paragraph:
"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 adult's act, and figuring out its purport."
The use of odd punctuation, contrived language, and disjoint air carry on throughout the book.
As well as having to avoid common words such as 'the', 'he', and 'she', Wright made the task particularly hard for himself by setting Gadsby in the past tense, while avoiding the verb ending '-ed'. He also made valiant attempts to include objects that ordinarily require the letter E, such as a horse-drawn fire engine; he achieved this by describing the object without quite naming it.
Wright never saw his work in print - he died at the age of 66 on the day it was published.
A similar lipogrammatic book is Georges Perec's La Disparition (1969), which was later translated into English by Scottish author Gilbert Adair as A Void (1994).
- vickLv 51 decade ago
i think ur thinking of the novel "Gadsby" by ernest vincent wright not the F. fitzgerald's great gatsby. yes Gadsby has no letter "E"s in it. about 50,000 words without Es
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- 1 decade ago
No it is not true. here is an excerpt. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had"
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No, there's one in the title.
- 1 decade ago
No, that's definitely not true! The letter "e" is the most commonly used letter in the English language, and it would be impossible to write a whole novel without it!
Also, even the title "The Great Gatsby" itself has two e's in it for a start!
- Hello DaveLv 61 decade ago
No - there's an E in the title.
- danksprite420Lv 61 decade ago
Can't be, there is an E in the title.