Firstly, Ross Eckler is truly a grand master. He presents the distillation of several decades of study of the subject. I read the book almost in one sitting, cover to cover, and discovered many new and fascinating word plays. For example:
a) Exquisite 'e-less' texts, i.e. texts without the letter 'e'
b) Phenomenally palindromic dialogues (e.g.
ADAM: Madam, I'm Adam.
EVE: Name of a foeman?
ADAM: O, stone me! Not so.
EVE: Mad! A maid I am, Adam.
This goes on for two pages with every sentence by Adam and Eve being palindromic)
c) Amazing acrostics
d) Challenging 'chain-link' sentences. (e.g. tHE HElicoptER ERneST SToLE LEavES EScaPE PErilous etc.)
e) Tantalizing transpositions (e.g. five transpositions of an eight letter word; alerting, altering, integral, relating, triangle)
f) Transpositional poetry (e.g. there is a beautiful sonnet about 'Washington crossing the Delaware' and each line of the sonnet uses the alphabets in the phrase above)
g) Appropriate anagrams (e.g. DORMITORY, dirty rook; A GENTLEMAN, elegant man etc.)
There are two similar books that readers may find interesting.
1) A pleasure in words by Eugene T. Maleska, published by Hamish Hamilton, 1983
2) The play of words by Richard Lederer, published by Pocket Books, 1990
Thank you Mr. Eckler and Happy Reading to all.