Adam Langer: What’s in a title?

February 7, 2005 | 3 books mentioned

Adam Langer has an entertaining essay at The Book Standard which is full of discarded titles for classic books and films.

But the fact is that Thomas Wolfe’s original title O, Lost doesn’t have quite the same ring as Look Homeward, Angel, nor does Margaret Mitchell’s Fontenoy Hall, which became Gone with the Wind. If F. Scott Fitzgerald had gone with Trimalchio in West Egg, one of his working titles for The Great Gatsby, God knows what we’d have studied in high school.

In the essay, Langer also reveals that his next book is tentatively titled The Washington Story.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.

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