Some of our most important classic novels were nearly released with very different titles. Would they have been as successful with the original choices?
George Orwell’s editor at Secker Warburg didn’t think that the title The Last Man in Europe really captured the mood of the dystopian novel, so he suggested 1984.
Up until Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula went to the printers, it was titled The Dead Un-Dead.
Would Joseph Heller’s cultural icon have become a bestseller with the original title of Catch-11 ?
Hemingway’s oddly banal and literal title choice for the Jonathan Cape UK edition of The Sun Also Rises was Fiesta: a Novel .
Some how Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires or Trimalchio in West Egg don’t carry the literary weight of The Great Gatsby.
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