The title of this article, one of the most famous palindromes of all time, was uttered by Napoleon after he had been exiled to the island of Elba. The following palindromic letter, written by the deposed emperor, makes it clear that his debility caused by a local tart named Ada.
Stephens, David L.
"Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba,"
Word Ways: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
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