Gadsby is a lipogrammatic novel by the American author Ernest Vincent Wright that does not contain the letter E. The plot tells how protagonist John Gadsby saves his hometown from decline.

Write said that he tied town the "e" key on his typewriter, so he couldn't type the letter accidentally. Despite these efforts, the book contains three occurrences of the word "the", and one occurrence of the word "officers".

The book avoids the "-ed" suffix for past tense, and uses constructions with "do", like "did walk" instead of "walked". Also, it contains abbreviations, but only those whose full form is lipogrammatic.

Gadsby inspired Georges Perec's French novel La Disparition, which also avoids the letter E. This book was later translated to several languages, including English (A Void), German (Anton Voyls Fortgang), and Swedish (Försvinna).

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Here's the first paragraph:

If Youth, throughout all history, had had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and, possibly, do it practically; you wouldn't constantly run across folks today who claim that "a child don't know anything." A child's brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put a mystic possibility for noticing an adult's act, and figuring out its purport.