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Post by Availle » November 18th, 2016, 6:27 pm

Gadsby by 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. Toward the end of the book the members of Gadsby's organization receive diplomas in honor of their work. Gadsby becomes mayor and helps increase Branton Hills' population from 2,000 to 60,000. 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.
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Post by Availle » November 18th, 2016, 7:09 pm

I stumbled upon this last night and I thought: we HAVE to have this!

This is a 50.000 word novel that does not contain the letter E (with the exception of the introduction).
It was self-published in 1939, but is now a book that is sought after by connaisseurs... Any among us? :wink:
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Post by MrsHand » November 19th, 2016, 1:38 pm

May I DPL, please?

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Post by Availle » November 19th, 2016, 5:18 pm

Of course, thank you Kristin! :D
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Post by silverquill » November 20th, 2016, 7:58 am

I'd love to read the introduction and Section 1 to start.

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Post by Availle » November 20th, 2016, 4:27 pm

All yours, thank you!

And off to "readers wanted". :D
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Post by Availle » November 22nd, 2016, 5:06 am

My goodness - there's even a youtube video about this novel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p3P0aVN4rI
:shock: :lol: :clap:
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Post by silverquill » December 22nd, 2016, 9:26 am

Great video! Thanks.

I can't believe we don't have some readers jumping on board yet. Maybe the are walking arm in arm with that army of E's feeling sadly shut out. Hey, slide on down and join the fun!

Here is the introduction to get us started:

https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/gadsby_00_wright_128kb.mp3 7:21

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Post by Availle » December 22nd, 2016, 4:19 pm

Thank you Larry!

Maybe you starting us off will lure in other readers?
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Post by MrsHand » January 3rd, 2017, 7:57 am

The introduction is PL OK!

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Post by Availle » January 3rd, 2017, 4:37 pm

Thank you Kristin! 8-)
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Post by ChuckW » February 11th, 2017, 8:19 am

Hey, I've always wanted to read this. :-)

Can I take Chapters VI and VII?
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Post by Availle » February 11th, 2017, 4:48 pm

You "always" wanted? :lol: Well, glad to give you a chance!

6 and 7 are yours, and there are many more open :wink:

Thank you very much!
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Post by ChuckW » February 11th, 2017, 5:05 pm

Availle wrote:You "always" wanted? :lol: Well, glad to give you a chance!

6 and 7 are yours, and there are many more open :wink:

Thank you very much!
Believe it or not, but yes. :-) I read about this book when I was a little kid, and I remember being blown away by the very concept of it. Of course, I could never find a copy, due to its extreme rarity... and wound up read The Great Gatsby instead (because, you know... close enough!).

I had no idea the book was in the public domain!
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Post by jftocanada » February 17th, 2017, 9:55 pm

Hello,

May I claim section 27,
section 31
&
section 40

thank you,
sincerely,
jftocanada

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