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“Gadsby”

July 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I’m happy to inform you that you can now savor that notorious lipogrammatical curiosity, Gadsby, simply by following this linkGadsby has long had an almost mythological status among linguistic buffs (and Oulipo fans); most of its original printing was lost long ago, but luckily a microfilm proof copy still sits in a public library (in California, I think, but I couldn’t find out).  And now you can study this oddity in a digital format, just by clicking that link — and fly off to a magical fictional microcosm, a world of words tightly bound by an unusual, arguably arbitrary, and disturbingly strict formal constraint.  Do it today!

(Post by Doug; thanks to A. A.)    

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