My own titles range from the very simple - The Elephant Talks To God - to one which came to me as I ate a meal in a restaurant - There Has Been A Sighting - to something deliberately and doubly sinister - Darkroom.
I haven't really plucked a quote from another source, nor an allusion to something well known. Both are certainly tempting. Surely I can glean something from Kafka. Or a hybrid with another author. "The Turn Of The Bug"? [DE]
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Where 11 Beloved Novels Got Their Names
Some classic titles explain themselves, as they reference characters ("The Great Gatsby") or lines from notable passages ("The Catcher in the Rye"). Others are riffs on even older classics ("1Q84"), and still others remain a pleasant mystery ("2666").
Unsurprisingly, the titles of many books come from, well, other books. Also unsurprisingly, a TON were plucked from Shakespeare, be it Isaac Asimov's sci-fi works or Agatha Christie's chilling mysteries.
Here are the origins of 11 famous works of literature:
"The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway
When it was published in the UK in 1927, the book was titles "Fiesta," which seems alittle reductive. The title we now know this classic by comes from a quotation by Ecclesiastes, which is also the epigraph:
"What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose."
Light in August by William Faulkner
The title is never directly referenced within the book, aside from a scene in which Hightower observes the setting sun. Some scholars believe it's a reference to southern slang for pregnancy - "to be light in August" - which makes sense, considering Lena Grove's centrality to the plot and other characters.