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Ella Minnow Pea: Introduction
Ella Minnow Pea: Plot Summary
Ella Minnow Pea: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Ella Minnow Pea: Themes
Ella Minnow Pea: Quotes
Ella Minnow Pea: Characters
Ella Minnow Pea: Terms
Ella Minnow Pea: Symbols
Ella Minnow Pea: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Mark Dunn
Historical Context of Ella Minnow Pea
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- Full Title: Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable
- When Written: 2001
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 2001
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Epistolary Novel; Young Adult Novel
- Setting: The fictional island of Nollop, off the coast of South Carolina
- Climax: Ella discovers a pangram consisting of 32 letters, prompting Nollop’s High Island Council to rescind their restrictions on language.
- Antagonist: High Island Council; totalitarianism
- Point of View: First person from various perspectives: the book is written as a series of letters from citizens of Nollop to one another.
Extra Credit for Ella Minnow Pea
Title Change. The paperback version of Ella Minnow Pea has a different subtitle, “A Novel in Letters,” which refers both to the letters of the alphabet and to the letters that the citizens of Nollop send to one another.
A Fitting Review. A review of Ella Minnow Pea by the Dallas Morning Herald included the sentence, “This exceptional, zany book will quickly make you laugh,” which is itself a pangram (a sentence containing all 26 letters of the alphabet) like one that’s central to the story.