Lipogrammatic writing

A lipogram is a text that excludes a particular letter or particular letters of the alphabet. One of the most unique lipogrammatic works in existence is Christian Bok’s “Eunoia”, which features a series of chapters in which each uses only one vowel. The word “eunoia”, meanwhile, means “beautiful thinking” and is the shortest English word to contain all five vowels.

Another novel that is lipgrammatic work of art is “Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters” by Mark Dunn. Not only is it lipogrammatic, it’s epistolary too. The story takes place on a utopian island, in a community founded by fans of the man who penned the immortal sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs.” When one of the letters of the sentence falls off the memorial frieze, the town council bans that letter from all speech and writing…and it all gets better (for the reader) from there.

Of course I want to read both of them!

Source: AWADmail Issue 183; October 22, 2005

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4 thoughts on “Lipogrammatic writing

  1. Interesting stuuf u got there.

    I would certainly like to read Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters” by Mark Dunn.

    AquaM

  2. Rita, Mru, AquaM, I want to get it too! But I’m not sure if this would be available in bookstores here! 😦

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