Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter e.
Don’t believe that a novel could be without any e’s? Here’s an excerpt from page one of Wright’s Gadsby:
“If youth, throughout all history, 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 adults act, and figuring out its purport.”
– Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright. Published 1939