Happy Birthday Oulipo

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November 24: The French experimental writing group “Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle” was founded on this day in 1960. The name translates as “Workshop of Potential Literature,” but the group is known internationally as OuLiPo, if only to reflect its enthusiasm for the lipogram—writing constrained by the disallowance of a letter. One of the most well-known examples is a 100,000-word novel by Georges Perec which is not only lipogrammatic but a playful whodunit: Anton Vowl has inexplicably vanished, taking “e” along with him. Titled La Disparition in the original French, the 1994 English translation by Gilbert Adair is called A Void, the e-rule disallowing “The Disappearance.”

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