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Ella Minnow Pea is a novel by Mark Dunn. The full title of the hardcover version is Ella Minnow Pea: a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable, while . Playwright Dunn tries his hand at fiction in this “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable,” and the result is a novel bursting with creativity, neological mischief. Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author.

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And as many poets have noted, placing voluntary restrictions on how one writes may paradoxically liberate what one writes. Why is Tassie imprisoned and how is she freed? Jul 24, Cher rated it it was ok Shelves: Whatever else this guide accomplishes, we hope it preserves that sense of fun.


How does Ella think the edict will change life on the island? Why is Rory Cummels expelled from Nollop? What is this novel trying to say about the way language shapes our relationships with others and our sense of self? I am so fearful, Ella, as to where this all may lead.

Quotes from Ella Minnow Pea: This article needs additional citations for verification. One foundational linch-pin in the pro-free speech platform is that truth will win out over lies.

Unfortunately, this is only the beginning – the glue holding the letters to the monument is aging, and soon, more letters are on their pa earthward – and out of the vocabulary of the characters and the book. I …more I loved it! Slips of the pen.


It’s a close race, and Dunn marvelously heightens the tension as the tiles drop like flies and language xunn ever-more limited. A cenotaph in the center of town is dedicated to Nollop and the immortal pangram he is said to have penned.

View all 16 comments. Why do you think the overwhelming majority are tragic rather than comic? Things get really difficult, however, when “D” falls off. He is the idolized creator of the phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. But once you have that nicely established, you can get down to the idiosyncratic local tale on the island of Nollop, named after the esteemed author of the pangram, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

There’s suspense here, and love, and a great deal of affection for language and people. Mark has received over productions of his work for the stage throughout the world, with translations of his plays into French, Italian, Dutch and Hungarian. Jun 19, Holly Haze rated it did not like it.

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

For story, character, plot and reality lovers, however, the story isn’t quite as accomplished. Towgate justify informing on Mittie Purcy? Once the laws begin to be passed, the people of Nollop are scared even to attempt to rebel against the council for fear of the harsh penalties.

In what ways is it ordered and restrictive? Want to Read saving…. You’ll take my letters when you pry them from my cold dead hands! The author’s not very subtle dig at organized religion as a vehicle for the blindly obedient to carry out the wishes of non-existent tyrannical beings got on my nerves.


What does this suggest about the ways that totalitarian regimes affect not only the outward lives but the minonw and minds of their subjects?

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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – Teacher’s Guide – : Books

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Originally from Memphis, he now lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Mary. You may wish to consider such phenomena as the religious or secular cult of personality; the gradual duunn of the assault on civil liberty; the politicization of culture and language; the use of informants; and the ways in which ordinary citizens come to internalize the repression of the regime.

On the basis of your reading, do you think these works are notable chiefly for their gamesmanship or do they achieve ends beyond the dhnn of more conventional fictions? April Learn how and when to remove this template message. The town council has elevated this man, Nollop, to god-status, and they decide that this mar be a sign that they are to stop using that letter.