Originally Posted by Mike L
Have you read any of Damon Runyan's stories? He was famous for never using contractions, even in dialouge. It adds a very distinctive flavour to his work. He also stubbornly refused to use the past tense. They're very entertaining stories.
Very interesting. And, except for the past tense part, the lack of contractions is totally in keeping with the series I'm reading now writen between 1928 and 1946.