Word Ways


Robert Funt


It is generally agreed among logologists (and more general critics of literature) that Edwin Fitzpatrick is the greatest palindromist of modern times--and that he is, in fact, the only one who consistently elevated this apparently restrictive genre into work whose unlabored eloquence have more to do with lyrical and mystical poetry than the mere mechanics of a verbal tricksterism. He was able to compose full-length novels and plays in strictly symmetrical palindromes and, as we shall see, felt himself no more hampered in his verbal and grammatical choices than would any more original writer in the language.