Wednesday, January 21, 2009

10 great novels with terrible original titles

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten great novels with terrible original titles.

One book on the list:
The Saddest Story

What Ford Madox Ford had wanted to call his 1915 masterpiece; he had offered an alternative, The Good Soldier, to his publisher as a joke. The publisher, however, rejected his preference, worried that it would render the novel "unsaleable" in wartime.
Read about the top two titles on Mullan's list.

The Page 99 Test: The Good Soldier.

--Marshal Zeringue