Word Ways


Tristan Miller


Ernest Vincent Wright's novel Gadsby is legendary among constrained writing enthusiasts. When it was first published in 1939, it was the single largest work of English literature not to contain the letter "e". It is hardly surprising, then, that the book's many reviewers and commentators have sought to pay tribute to it with some modest lipogrammatry of their own. This article tells the story of one such tribute and the years-long battle it sparked on the world's largest and most popular online encyclopedia.