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After nearly an hour and a half, I've found a title for my bio-essay.

Skipping Fifth:
How Two Authors Built Worlds Without a Vital Symbol
(and How Wondrous Things Got).

Trust me, it wasn't that easy. Read: it's a lipogram too. Which meant I couldn't use "the" or "one" or "were" in the permutations I struggled with.

The two authors, of course, are Ernest Vincent Wright (Gadsby) and Georges Perec (La disparition / A Void).

Some of you may be aware that the term was once the basis of a Hey Arnold! episode. As it pertains to the essay, though, it pays tribute to a running gag in Perec's detective pastiche, where sets of 26 objects (even the book itself) have their fifth parts missing. ("E" is the fifth of 26 standard Latin letters, the "Vital Symbol" in the subtitle; as the characters discover, that too has gone missing.) The "Wondrous" part alludes to Wright's first two books, The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun (1896) and The Fairies That Run the World and How They Do It (1903).

In case you care enough, the working title was Crafting Gadsby 's World: In Honour of a Man, a Plan, and a Lipogram. Sadly, as I have later discovered, it wasn't about just about Wright anymore. Much of the second half is devoted to Perec's novel--thus sparking the need for a title change.

Off I go to replace it right now. You'll be much more fortunate than me if you can find a better one. And just like this goes to show, I'm not always that good around titles.
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