Gadsby

Ernest Vincent WRIGHT (1872 - 1939)

Fifty-year-old John Gadsby is alarmed by the decline of his hometown, Branton Hills, and rallies the city's young people to form an "Organization of Youth" to build civic spirit and improve living standards. Gadsby and his youthful army, despite some opposition, transform Branton Hills from a stagnant municipality into a bustling, thriving city. The story begins around 1906 and continues through World War I, Prohibition, and President Warren G. Harding's administration.

"Gadsby" is a lipogram - a whole novel of some 50.000 words without a single instance of the letter E. When it first appeared in 1939 it was hardly noticed by the general public, but a modern reviewer called it "probably the most ambitious work ever attempted in this genre". Hardcopies of the book are extremely rare and sell for thousands of dollars. (Summary by Availle and Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Larry Wilson
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Play 01 I Bill Boerst
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Play 02 II Bill Boerst
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Play 03 III Bill Boerst
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Play 04 IV Bill Boerst
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Play 05 V Bill Boerst
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Play 06 VI Chuck Williamson
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Play 07 VII Chuck Williamson
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Play 08 VIII Kathi Reynolds
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Play 09 IX Kathi Reynolds
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Play 10 X Kathi Reynolds
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Play 11 XI Kathi Reynolds
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Play 13 XIII Kathi Reynolds
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Play 15 XV Kathi Reynolds
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Play 16 XVI Kathi Reynolds
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Play 17 XVII Kathi Reynolds
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Play 18 XVIII Bill Boerst
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Play 20 XX Kathi Reynolds
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Play 21 XXI Kathi Reynolds
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Play 23 XXIII Kathleen Moore
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Play 28 XXVIII John
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Play 32 XXXII Logan Lorenz
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Play 35 XXXV Cleon Cumberbatch
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Play 41 XLI Cleon Cumberbatch
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