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Original Titles of Famous Books
""I've got a great idea for a novel, but all the good titles have been taken", as Snoopy once said. Many authors had problems deciding how to call their books: let's try to pair each working title with the final one. "
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This Jane Austen novel was published in 1831. Her first idea was to call it, appropriately for a working title, "First Impression". Then she changed her mind. What was the final choice with which the book became a hit, and still is?
(Three Words, one is "and". Five daughters. No quotation marks please.)
"All's Well That Ends Well" is Shakespeare's, but also Leo Tolstoi's first title for his huge novel, published in 1866. Which Tolstoi novel includes Napoleon as a character and depicts with rare skill some famous battle scenes?
The Kreutzer Sonata
War and Peace
Joseph Heller almost did it at the first attempt: an excerpt of "Catch-22" published in a magazine had another title. Can you guess which one? (Will it help to know it is the same number of the year in which Muriel Spark and Mickey Spillane were born?)
"Village Virus" was the original title of this novel by Sinclair Lewis that tells a story of a metropolitan girl trying to live in a small town in the American Midwest after marriage. By what title is this book known?
What was the original title chosen for "The Great Gatsby"? If you've read the book, it'll be easy for you to guess it.
Misfortune at South Cornflake
Meeting at East Pancake
Incident at West Egg
Accident at North Porridge
William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" is another of a million titles taken from Shakespeare (this one from "Macbeth"). But which was the original title, that could make you think of a vampire story?
The Yoknapatawpha Diaries
What Quentin Knew
What Benji Saw
Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" had a different title that has been used for many foreign editions. Under which title did I read the book for the first time (and also the last) in the Italian version?
To find the right title for her masterpiece was a real problem for Margaret Mitchell: in the end she borrowed a line from an Ernest Dawson poem and called the book "Gone With the Wind". But among the first choices, which immortal line from the book itself was considered?
Frankly I Don't Give a Damn
How Fickle Is Woman
Cotton and Slaves and Arrogance
Tomorrow is Another Day
"Something That Happened" is not much of a title, is it? Maybe that's why John Steinbeck found something more memorable for this novel and used a fragment of a Robert Burns's poem. A little help: one of the main characters is called Lennie Small. Now, which very famous novel is it?
Of Mice and Men
In Dubious Battle
The Grapes of Wrath
East of Eden
How was James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" originally titled? If you know the Christian name of the main character, Dedalus, you'll guess it right.
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Compiled Jun 28 12