- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pan Books (9 Feb. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 033390334X
- ISBN-13: 978-0333903346
- Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.2 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Making the Alphabet Dance Paperback – 9 Feb 2001
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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.