Titling a book can be a challenging task, but a necessary one.
Titling a book can be a challenging task, but a necessary one. Without an actual process, would the following books have garnered as much fame?
1. War and Peace
, Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, was originally titled (much less intensely) All's Well That Ends Well
2. The Great Gatsby,
F. Scott Fitzgerald's best-known work, ran through several titles including Trimalchio in West Egg, The High-Bounding Lover
, and Among Ash Heaps and Millionaires
3. The Sound and the Fury
, a book title William Faulkner borrowed from Shakespeare, replaced the original title of this book, which was Twilight
. Then Stephanie Meyer took it for her vampire novels and the word was ruined forever.
4. Of Mice and Men
, by John Steinbeck, was originally(and rather cryptically) titled Something That Happened
, Alex Haley's masterpiece tracing his own lineage back to slavery, was initially titled Before the Anger
(which is sort of a cool title, if you think about it).