Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


The novel "Gadsby," written without the letter E by Ernest Vincent Wright in 1936-37, is one of those books that many people have heard about but few have seen. It has been alluded to in books on wordplay (for example, in the appendix to the Dover Publication 1961 paperback reprint of Bombaugh's "Oddities and Curiosities), in magazines (one page in the September 1972 Sc ientific American), and even in books on other subjects (Ronald Clark's "The Man Who Broke Purple," 1977). The book is extremely rare; according to "The Book of Lists 3" by Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky, and Irving Wallace, a copy with dust jacket once sold for $1000.