Gadsby (1939) - PDF Novel by Ernest Vincent Wright

Gadsby Novel  by Ernest Vincent Wright

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Fifty-year-old John Gadsby is alarmed by the decline of his hometown, Branton Hills, and rallies the city's youth 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 conclusion of the book, the members of Gadsby's organization receive diplomas in honour of their work. Gadsby becomes mayor and helps increase Branton Hills' population from 2,000 to 60,000.

The story starts around 1906 and continues through World War I, Prohibition, and President Warren G. Harding's administration. Gadsby is divided into two parts: the first, about a quarter of the book's total length, is strictly a history of the city of Branton Hills and John Gadsby's place in it, while the second part of the book fleshes out the book's main characters.

Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright is a novel of over 50,000 words, not once using the letter “E”. This is known as a lipogram: a written work where the author constrains themselves, usually by omitting some specific letter.

Author: Ernest Vincent Wright
 Publication Date: 1939


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