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Pangrams in Literature

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Here are the shortest pangrams from various works of literature. The first occurrence of each letter is underlined.

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A272, an Ode to a Road by Pieter Boogaart

A wife's job is quite a pleasing mixture of crazy and kind behaviour.

55 letters

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Colonel Korn gave Major Danby's shoulder a friendly squeeze without changing his unfriendly expression.

88 letters

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

Still, Eddie gave the object another small squeeze. It didn’t feel like a stone, exactly. But Callahan was probably right.

97 letters

The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

Project Dawn?” he said, with a puzzled expression. “I’ve never heard of it.” “Are you quite sure?” asked Gibson, watching him narrowly.

104 letters

The Island of Adventure" by Enid Blyton

Dont be so silly, Jo-Jo,” said Aunt Polly. “You’re just making the children an excuse for your laziness. You know quite well they are not in the caves.”

115 letters

No Middle Name by Lee Child

He remembered the exquisite joy of buying it. After his divorce. Waking up and realizing he could just go to the dealer, sign the papers, and have it.

118 letters

Nothing Serious by PG Wodehouse

And Conky, following his gaze, felt his heart execute four separate buck and wing steps and come to rest quivering like a jelly in a high wind.

114 letters

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

At Castle Howard, Vanbrugh didn’t exactly ignore the classical proprieties; he just buried them under a kind of kudzu of baroque ornamentation.

118 letters

Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan was perplexed. The fierce jungle would make easy prey of this unprotected stranger in a very short time if he were not guided quickly to the beach.

125 letters

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Likening his Maker to the grazed ox,
Jehovah, who in one night, when he passed
From Egypt marching, equalled with one stroke
Both her first-born and all her bleating gods.

136 letters

Ulysses by James Joyce

Moore asked him to bring Haines. Did you hear Miss Mitchell’s joke about Moore and Martyn? That Moore is Martyn’s wild oats? Awfully clever, isn’t it? They remind one of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

156 letters

The Story of My Experiments with Truth by M.K. Gandhi

Could you not possibly squeeze me in?” I asked. He surveyed me from top to toe and smiled. “There is just one way,” he said. “There is an extra berth in my cabin, which is usually not available for passengers.”

159 letters

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A well-fed, plump Huzza Porpoise will yield you one good gallon of good oil. But the fine and delicate fluid extracted from his jaws is exceedingly valuable. It is in request among jewellers and watchmakers.

168 letters

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Soize. Salle-au-Comte. Kosciusko. Aubry le boucher? J.J.R. Caïus Gracchus. Droit de révision. Dufond. Four. Chute des Girondins. Derbac. Maubuée. Washington. Pinson. 1 pist. 86 cart. Marseillaise. Souver. du peuple. Michel. Quincampoix.

178 letters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I realized that this was not a tactful question. Uncle Jimmy present or Uncle Jimmy absent made not much difference, he never said anything. Aunt Alexandra ignored my question. I could think of nothing else to say to her.

178 letters

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

In that case,” said Sancho Panza, “if I should become a king by one of those miracles your worship speaks of, even Juana Gutierrez, my old woman, would come to be queen and my children infantes.”
“Well, who doubts it?” said Don Quixote.

180 letters

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Last of all came the cat, who looked round, as usual, for the warmest place, and finally squeezed herself in between Boxer and Clover; there she purred contentedly throughout Major's speech without listening to a word of what he was saying.

193 letters

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

At dawn, the half-extinguished disc of the sun rose above a misty horizon; but it was now possible to recognise objects two miles off. Phileas Fogg and the squad had gone southward; in the south all was still vacancy. It was then seven o’clock.

193 letters

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

Besides naturalization that is acquired through the fact of having been born within the confines of a State there exists another kind of naturalization which can be acquired later. This process is subject to various preliminary requirements.

203 letters

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

This was an exceptional case. It wasn’t just a question of somebody being killed. Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? If it survives anywhere, it’s in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there.”

223 letters

The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

For the rest, everything was quiet. Sunday afternoon Peter came to see me at four- thirty, at my invitation. At five-fifteen we went to the Ii front attic, where we stayed until six. There was a beautil ful Mozart concert on the radio from six to seven-fifteen; I especially enjoyed the Kleine Nachtmusik.

242 letters

The Bible (KJV 99:2-5)

The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

251 letters

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

All that I should express would be inadequate and feeble. My tears flow; my mind is overshadowed by a cloud of disappointment. But I journey towards England, and I may there find consolation. I am interrupted. What do these sounds portend? It is midnight; the breeze blows fairly, and the watch on deck scarcely stir.

253 letters

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

This great philosopher freely acknowledged his own mistakes in natural philosophy, because he proceeded in many things upon conjecture, as all men must do; and he found that Gassendi, who had made the doctrine of Epicurus as palatable as he could, and the vortices of Descartes, were equally to be exploded. He predicted the same fate to attraction, whereof the present learned are such zealous asserters.

331 letters

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